White House press members demanded President Joe Biden hold a press conference after his aides ended questions following a meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“The entire editorial component of the US pool went immediately into Jen Psaki’s office to register a formal complaint that no American reporters were recognized for questions in the president’s Oval Office, and that wranglers loudly shouted over the president as he seemed to give an answer to Ed O’Keefe’s question about the situation at the southern border,” White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy wrote.
“Psaki was not aware that the incident had occurred, and suggested that she was not in a position to offer an immediate solution. Your pooler requested a press conference. Psaki suggested the president takes questions several times a week.”
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) September 21, 2021
“As Johnson finished his own answer to the 3rd question about his reluctance, senior White House aides began shouting, seemingly cutting off the PM. We were then escorted from the Oval Office,” Ed O’Keefe tweeted.
As Johnson finished his own answer to the 3rd question about his reluctance, senior White House aides began shouting, seemingly cutting off the PM. We were then escorted from the Oval Office.
— Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) September 21, 2021
Biden has frequently frustrated reporters by refusing to take questions. In contrast, former President Donald Trump would often take on reporters on a daily basis.
The avoidance of reporters has been noticed by Americans nationwide. This was especially significant when the Taliban took power of Afghanistan, with Biden not addressing the public for six days.