White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre once again stormed out of a briefing after being pressed by African reporter Simon Ateba on why she and John Kirby were once again refusing to let him ask a question.
“Can I ask you a follow-up on Angola?” Ateba asked National Security Council spokesman Kirby after he finished answering another reporter's question on a different topic. Before that, Kirby had answered questions about Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço’s visit to the White House.
Jean-Pierre ignored Ateba and called on another reporter, leading him to shout "It is so surprising that you don't take — you are receiving an African leader, but you can't take a question from an African journalist," Ateba said after being skipped over.
"OK, we can end this briefing right now," Jean-Pierre replied, before some more crosstalk that led her to officially end the briefing and storm out.
Ateba and KJP have clashed on multiple occasions, leading to the White House threatening his access to the briefing room. In one of his finest moments earlier in the year, Ateba told KJP to her face that she didn’t seem to be a good fit for her job.
Matt Palumbo is the author of Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers: How the Left Hijacked and Weaponized the Fact-Checking Industry and The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros
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