The Daily Wire reports that White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre “stormed out” of a recent press briefing.
The incident took place on Thursday, and it was caught on camera. Take a look:
Karine Jean-Pierre just stormed out of the briefing room after losing her patience with a reporter. pic.twitter.com/OXU16xhNQZ
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“. . . see you tomorrow”
The clip starts off with Jean-Pierre at the podium and with several reporters trying to get Jean-Pierre to call on them.
Jean-Pierre attempts to call on someone, but Today News Africa reporter Simon Ateba refuses to allow her to do so. Instead, Ateba confronts Jean-Pierre.
“Karine, why is it so hard to take a question on the U.S.-Africa Summit, when the President is meeting 50 African leaders — the biggest gathering of leaders of his administration?” he asked. “Why is it hard for you to give me a question?”
“It is not hard,” Jean-Pierre claims. “I’ve answered . . .” At this, point Jean-Pierre is cut off by Ateba, and she responds by attempting to move on, but Ateba refuses to allow her to.
Some more back-and-forth takes place between Jean-Pierre and Ateba before Jean-Pierre suddenly decides to end the briefing. She says, “Thanks everybody. I’ll see you tomorrow,” before she closes her binder and exits the room with a look of frustration.
What’s going on?
Jean-Pierre and Ateba have had run-ins in the past. One notable recent run-in came during the press briefing that took place in late November that involved Jean-Pierre and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“If you’re going to hold a press briefing, you need to call on people across the room,” Ateba told Jean-Pierre. “She has a valid question. She’s asking about the origin of COVID … Fauci’s the best person to answer this question.”
On this occasion, Jean-Pierre replied, “I hear the question, but we’re not doing this the way you want it. This is disrespectful. Simon, I’m done. I’m done with you right now. You’re taking time away from your colleagues.”
It is not clear why Jean-Pierre has been unwilling to answer Ateba’s questions. As good a guess as any is that she just doesn’t like the types of questions that he asks – we all know the Biden administration has been lacking in the transparency department.
Ateba, on the other hand, suggests that “discrimination” may have played a role, further arguing that Jean-Pierre ought to be “ashamed of herself.”
“Karine Jean-Pierre should be ashamed of herself,” he said. “How bad can discrimination get? Even when President Biden is hosting 50 African leaders, she cannot give a question to the African reporter in the room. Shameful.”