The White House press corps is not happy.
After an Oval Office meeting between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Biden, only one of them took questions from the press – and it’s not difficult to guess which one. White House press secretary tried to shift blame onto Johnson for the impromptu press conference.
“He [Johnson] called on individuals from his press corps without alerting us to that intention in advance,” Psaki said. “I think our relationship with the United Kingdom and with Prime Minister Johnson is so strong and abiding, we will be able to move forward beyond this.”
According to the Washington Post, “Johnson…called on a handful of British reporters for questions — and when their American counterparts attempted to raise their own, the whole media scrum was ushered out of the room.”
The White House press corps filed an official complaint.
CBS Senior White House & Political Correspondent Ed O’Keefe shared the event on Twitter.
“IN THE OVAL OFFICE… @POTUS Biden and British PM @BorisJohnson meet to discuss pandemic, trade and other issues. Johnson took 3 questions. White House aides shouted down U.S. attempts to ask questions. I asked Biden about southern border and we couldn’t decipher what he said.”