(TruthAndLiberty.com) – During a press conference on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre abruptly ended the session amidst a heated exchange with Simon Ateba, a journalist from Today News Africa. This incident marks another contentious encounter between Jean-Pierre and Ateba, who has previously accused the White House of discrimination by not allowing him to pose questions during briefings.
The tension escalated when Ateba sought to ask a follow-up question about Angola to National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby, following Kirby’s responses about the visit of Angola’s President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço. Despite Ateba’s attempts, Jean-Pierre overlooked him and proceeded to select another journalist for the next question.
Ateba expressed his dismay at being ignored, especially given the context of an African leader’s visit. He questioned the absence of engagement with an African journalist during such an occasion. In response, Jean-Pierre threatened to conclude the briefing, citing a lack of respect in the room.
As the situation intensified, Jean-Pierre approached the podium, visibly frustrated, while Ateba continued to raise his concern about the exclusion of questions from African reporters. Eventually, Jean-Pierre gathered her notes and left the podium, signaling the end of the briefing. Despite attempts by another reporter to continue, she firmly reiterated the conclusion of the session.
Earlier this year, the White House had warned Ateba of potential revocation of his press credentials following a previous clash with Jean-Pierre. During that incident on June 26, Jean-Pierre had criticized Ateba for his rudeness and disruptive behavior. She had also threatened to end that briefing if he did not comply with the proceedings. This ongoing tension was further highlighted when Jean-Pierre’s office sent a letter to Ateba, which he later shared on social media, admonishing him for his interruptions.
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