On Monday, United States journalists across major news sources exclude the American President for ruling them out from sitting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President, at eleventh-hour. That left them perplexed and pushed to rely on the Turkish President’s communications team for public information.
The United States press pool that accompanied the US leader on tour was primarily granted access to the meeting at the 2021 Brussels summit of NATO. However, the eleventh-hour decision by the White House made American reporters left-out of the room.
Reporters question President Biden after his meeting with President Erdogan of Turkey.
Reporter: Mr. President, can you tell us what you guys discussed?
Reporter: We couldn’t hear you, sir.
Biden: Because I didn’t say anything. pic.twitter.com/H7XmYIhxri
— The Recount (@therecount) June 14, 2021
On Twitter, the reporters said they only realized that the meeting was ongoing from Tayyip Erdogan’s press office, who tweeted out graphics of the meeting. In addition, Turkish television allegedly released a video of the introduction between the two Presidents.
Ashley Parker, Washington Post White House Bureau Chief, said that the US President is abroad to push autocracy vs. democracy. However, the American press has gotten less ingress than under former governments. And is now compelled to resort to informs on from the Turkish administration’s Twitter account.
A US senior White House and political correspondent with CBS News, Ed O’Keefe, noted that the US press pool has been holding for over an hour outside that meeting with restricted access yet again that day, after significant access problems at the G7. In the meantime, Erdogan quickly posted graphics from their continuing meeting.
Kaitlan L. Collins, Chief White House correspondent for CNN, said that the American press is still waiting on access to the US leader’s meeting with Erdogan. However, the Turkish administration is posting photos of their ongoing meeting.
Bloomberg News’ Jennifer Jacobs said that the press was compelled to stay outside the meeting room in the hallway. She stated that Turkish authorities are tweeting out pictures of the Erdogan-Biden meeting while the White House press pool is waiting outside the room.
American President stated that they had a very good meeting. A correspondent explained that the press pool had a tough time hearing the US leader. Joe Biden retorted because he did not express anything. Then the American pool was escorted from the room.