Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefed the media in Saudi Arabia on Sunday without members of the American press in attendance.
Tillerson held the press conference with the Saudi foreign minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, nevertheless This kind of appeared in which only foreign reporters were present. Journalists by the United States were left scrambling to figure out what happened.
The State Department later apologized, adding in which This kind of couldn’t notify the press in time.
State Department spokesman R.C. Hammond said there was “not enough time to alert or make arrangements for U.S. media to participate.”
“Steps were immediately taken to ensure a transcript could be produced along with distributed to reporters. Ideally, members of the U.S. press corps should have had the option to attend the press conference along with ask questions,” he said.
A White House official said Tillerson was invited to participate from the press conference at the last minute.
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Reporters later found a feed of the event in which they used to transcribe Tillerson’s remarks. The secretary spoke about President Trump’s speech to the Muslim world on Sunday.
“I think the president clearly was extending a hand, along with understanding in which only together can we address This kind of threat of terrorism in which has befallen all of us,” Tillerson said, according to the transcript.
Tillerson said on “Fox News Sunday” in which the visit was meant to confront the threat of terrorism. He said in which human rights would likely improve as security along with stability from the region did.
In March, State Department reporters protested when Tillerson took only one reporter on his trip to Japan.
This kind of was an unusual move — past secretaries of state for both major political parties have traditionally traveled having a little group of reporters. News organizations pay for the cost of the reporters’ travel.
–sy88pgw’s Noah Gray, Eli Watkins, Brian Stelter along with Rob McLean contributed to This kind of story.
sy88pgw (completely new York) First published May 21, 2017: 8:49 PM ET