We reported earlier on how the media had a meltdown over being manhandled at the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva.
The U.S. and other world media had been trying to get into the photo-op set up for Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting today. But as we noted Russian security, then got handsy with the American press, shoving and pushing them.
This "media scuffle" at the Biden-Putin meeting is wild – per the White House pool pic.twitter.com/ZkfJThJIDi
— Laura Kelly (@HelloLauraKelly) June 16, 2021
Dramatic scene in Geneva via @AnitaKumar01 pool report: 'we were pushed and shoved by security officials and Russian media. Poolers tripped over cords'
Putin summit squabble is latest in series of press-access issues pervading President Biden's first foreign trip https://t.co/14yaZamk4I
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) June 16, 2021
Scene from the fracas earlier at the Biden-Putin summit here in Geneva, with Russian security forces pushing me out while President Biden looks on
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 16, 2021
So what was Joe Biden doing while the media was being pushed around at the door? Apparently, he thought the American press getting shoved around by the Russian was something to smile about, if you check out this picture. They have big broad smiles and Secretary of State Antony Blinken is clearly laughing.
Biden and Putin watch the media scuffle pic.twitter.com/8YB69A3Yvc
— Anita Kumar (@anitakumar01) June 16, 2021
The report states he was smiling.
biden laughed at freedom of the press. so it goes. https://t.co/virUbPpy6u
— kaitlin, political fashion police (@thefactualprep) June 16, 2021
Here’s the video of Biden appearing to laugh too.
Press Pool Disaster At Geneva Summit. pic.twitter.com/Po2V1fd8aG
— SCUBA MIKE🤿 (@scuba2024) June 16, 2021
Now, much as we might not like and might criticize the liberal media, Russian security shouldn’t be putting their hands on them or any Americans. And for sure, a U.S. president shouldn’t be smiling or laughing about it. Biden doesn’t give a rip about the media except as they favorably reflect him, so he really didn’t care.
How did President Donald Trump handle a similar situation, even given all the horrible treatment he got from the press?
This reminds me of the North Korea visit when @StephGrisham45 went to battle with Kim Jong Un’s security to get the US media access to the Trump/ KJU meeting.
Seemed like she felt like if Trump was going all the way to the DMZ they wanted our media to see it. https://t.co/0vXvASltLF
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 16, 2021
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 16, 2021
No reports of Trump sitting there laughing about their predicament.
Can you imagine what the media would have said had Trump done this? It would have been running constantly on a loop on CNN and we would be getting 24/7 coverage of it with analysis about the “suppression” of a “free press.” Meanwhile, there’s no doubt they will continue to bootlick for Biden even despite this. That said, it’s still wrong for Biden to have given any leader, much less Putin, the belief that he can push around Americans.
But hey, at least they no longer have mean tweets from Trump, right? Just them being shoved to the ground, laughed at, and insulted by Biden. Some of them have to be more than quietly wishing for Trump back at this point.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gets it right.
Disgraceful: Biden does nothing while Putin silences the press. @JonLemire
This is a pattern. When John Kerry was at State, he did the same thing—turning a blind eye to Cuban thugs silencing the press. https://t.co/f1E5xw6C0d
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 16, 2021
“Disgraceful: Biden does nothing while Putin silences the press. @JonLemire. This is a pattern. When John Kerry was at State, he did the same thing—turning a blind eye to Cuban thugs silencing the press.”
This is just fundamentally wrong on the part of Biden.