We reported last night on the bedlam that erupted while Joe Biden was meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Johnson took three questions from the press. As Johnson was finishing his remarks, the Biden staff literally cut him off mid-sentence as they began shouting at the press to get out of the room in an amazing display.
MOMENTS AGO: Staff orders news media to leave The White House as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks mid-sentence pic.twitter.com/MXg2m0o1hq
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 21, 2021
Before the sudden interruption…
PM JOHNSON: “Would it be OK if we had a couple of questions? Just a couple?”
PRES. BIDEN: “Good luck.” pic.twitter.com/FRmdRWTJmu
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 22, 2021
Now, it could have been because Joe looked like he was about to nod off. But they’ve also just been cutting off the press and rushing them out of the room so he can’t answer any questions as a regular thing to protect him from gaffing. Amazingly, CBS’s Ed O’Keefe did get in a question about the border and because of the shouting, he couldn’t hear what was said. But he said he listened to it later. He claimed Biden said, “Violence is not justified.”
UPDATE: We have played back the tape and part of the president’s answer is decipherable. I asked for his response to the situation on the southern border and he says in part, “Violence is not justified.”
He is wearing a mask and there is shouting so nothing else is decipherable
— Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) September 21, 2021
Now comes the word that the White House press pool was furious with how they were treated and immediately marched into White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s office and lodged a formal complaint, according to White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy.
“The entire editorial component of the U.S. 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,” the statement said. “Biden’s answer could not be heard over the shouting.”
“Psaki was unaware that the incident had occurred, and suggested that she was not in a position to offer an immediate solution,” the statement continued.
Portnoy requested that Biden hold a formal press conference as a makeup for continuing to ignore reporters’ questions, which is a common occurrence from Biden, and Psaki responded by claiming that Biden “takes questions several times a week.”
What did they expect was going to happen? This was the same guy who blew them off completely during the campaign and hid in his basement. Biden has blown them off for days, since last week without answering any real question.
The reporters never really appreciated how good they had it with President Donald Trump who was always answering their questions. This guy hasn’t answered questions in days, even hiding out at the beach, while there are major disasters and scandals blowing up all around him.
Psaki’s response is indicative of the disdain the Biden people feel for the reporters — basically, a “We can treat them like dirt and they will take it, coming back for more” attitude. They know the reporters basically politically support them, so they don’t fear any repercussions about their actions.
Boris Johnson took two questions from the British press, President Biden refused to take any, domestic or international. I can well imagine the headlines if Trump did the same, he'd be decried as an 'authoritarian', a 'fascist dictator' evading scrutiny. https://t.co/aOWjFqa1wz
— Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) September 21, 2021
Hey dunno. Maybe now is the time where you guys start asking what's going on with him. https://t.co/kk3YEnmHhv
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 21, 2021
What a thought. Maybe actually do your job and hold Biden to account. Report on the constant gaffes, incoherence, and incompetence. Don’t be treated like dirt and stand for it. Ask why the Biden folks are doing this and what they don’t want you to see.