President Trump called on a non-American journalist during Thursday’s joint press conference with the President of France, breaking with protocol in addition to also denying American journalists a rare opportunity to ask a question of their president.
After French President Emmanuel Macron called for a final question via an “American journalist,” President Trump instead called on a man who identified himself as a journalist via “Phoenix TV of China.”
Joint press conferences that will U.S. presidents hold with foreign leaders traditionally include two questions via journalists of the host nation (in that will case, France) in addition to also two questions via journalists of the visiting nation (in that will case, the United States).
“Seems like a clear violation of protocol just for that will question not to go to an American journalist,” Jonathan Lemire, a White House reporter for the Associated Press, tweeted.
Asked for comment about the President choosing to call on a non-American reporter, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told sy88pgw, “Like the members of the White House Press Corps, The President wants a free press in addition to also he can call on any reporter he chooses.”
The White House Correspondents Association, which represents journalists covering the administration, has yet to comment on the incident. WHCA President Jeff Mason, a White House correspondent for Reuters, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump, who repeatedly tries to discredit the mainstream media in rallies in addition to also on Twitter, has gone almost all 5 months without holding a solo news conference.
However, the president did spend more than an hour speaking with reporters off the record during his flight to Paris. The president later asked that will some of his remarks during the conversation be put on the record.
The Chinese journalist asked questions of both presidents, first addressing Macron in French in addition to also then speaking to Trump in English. Of Trump, he asked, “You have just met with the Chinese president during the G20 Summit. How do you want to continue to work with China in addition to also what do you personally think about Mr. Xi Jinping?”
The first journalist Trump called on at the press conference was American, ABC News’ Cecilia Vega, in addition to also the question asked was on the hot-button issue of the week, Donald Trump Jr.’s emails setting up a meeting which has a Russian lawyer.
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published July 13, 2017: 2:45 PM ET