Trump has U.S. journalists disgruntled during his trip in France, as he apparently called upon a foreign reporter instead of an American reporter for questions at his Thursday press conference.
“POTUS did not call on a US journalist,” pool reporter Maggie Haberman of the New York Times noted in a report circulating to other journalists.
Haberman was referencing Trump’s joint press conference held with French President Emmanuel Macron, an event where it’s typical for each president to take two questions from reporters of their home country.
Trump first gave a question to ABC’s American journalist Cecilia Vargas. But then, much to the chagrin of the reporters who traveled with him, Trump gave the second allotted question to a Chinese television journalist.
The sleight only further angered reporters, who were ticked off at being kept out of Trump’s meeting with members of the U.S. embassy in France.
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected questions of Trump’s cold shoulder by saying that some administrations completely close meetings with foreign leaders to the media.
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