Jean-Pierre promised that the media will have an “opportunity” to quiz Biden after he meets with the Irish prime minister on Friday.
The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, was assaulted by reporters on Thursday when she announced that they will be able to ask questions of President Biden from the press pool at his forthcoming meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
Jean-Pierre was questioned during the White House press briefing about the lack of a scheduled joint news conference between Vice President Joe Biden and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is scheduled to visit the United States on Friday.
“Why not, and might that be added to the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting? Many foreign heads of state who pay a visit to the White House do this “A journalist had posed this question to Jean-Pierre.
“That one person and I have had several conversations… I’ve brought it up several times and emphasized that decisions are made through diplomatic conversations with the visiting countries “This time it was Jean-Pierre who responded.
“You and your coworkers will get an opportunity to ask questions of the visiting head of state during the customary pool splash at the Oval. That’s your chance to get a question in front of whichever president or foreign leader is visiting the White House that day “…she explained.
One of the reporters immediately pushed back, saying, “But he never answers questions during such periods.”
“That’s not how it works. He’s provided explanations, “When asked, Jean-Pierre gave his opinion.
Suddenly, everyone in the room started shouting. Reporters attempting to ask questions have reportedly been “yelled at” and “shouted down” by White House officials, respectively.
Although Jean-Pierre was attempting to talk, he was repeatedly cut off by reporters who had concerns.
“Yes, I can hear you. Well, I hear you. In response to your concerns, “she chuckled at last. “See, the two-plus-two only happens with the visiting nation. This cannot be resolved by a single vote. The two countries are now in talks to resolve this issue.”
She didn’t explicitly address reporters’ concerns that Biden wouldn’t take questions, but she did repeat that they would get another “opportunity” to do so on Friday when the two leaders will be available to answer their questions.
She finally admitted that she had no idea who would be answering questions. “The president is known for his habit of fielding shouted queries, but the choice to add two and two was certainly not determined by a committee. The choice was decided together with the visiting countries and with their input.”