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Biden snaps at reporter for not playing ‘by the rules’ when reporter surprises him with off-topic question

President Joe Biden on Thursday scolded reporters for not “playing by the rules.”

On the same day, Biden 10-Year Bilateral Security Agreement Cooperation with Ukraine is intended to help the country “defend itself now and deter future aggression.” The agreement reaffirms the Biden administration’s position that “Ukraine’s future lies in NATO.” Experts It is a red line for Moscow. Indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin Said The war could end if Ukraine abandons its plans to join NATO on Friday.

“I’m here to talk about the critical situation in Ukraine. You’re asking about a different subject.”

During a press conference discussing a new US-Ukraine agreement with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Biden became indignant when a reporter asked an off-topic question.

After the two presidents spoke, Biden turned to Bloomberg reporter Josh Wingrove to ask a question, apparently after staff had decided in advance which reporters would be allowed to ask questions.

But instead of questioning Biden about the U.S.-Ukraine agreement, Wingrove asked him about the war between Israel and Hamas.

“I wish you guys would follow the rules a little bit more,” Biden yelled.

“I’m here to talk about the crisis in Ukraine. You’re asking about a different subject. I’m happy to answer in more detail later, but at the end of the day, we had a deal,” Biden said.

Wingrove was actually the second and last American reporter Biden called — the first, Colleen Long of the Associated Press, was not reprimanded despite asking about Biden’s son, Hunter.

Still, Biden’s assertion that Wingrove hadn’t followed the “rules” raised questions and raised doubts about the media’s independence.

As a result of this incident, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell (president of the White House Correspondents’ Association) Make a statement Clarify what happened.

“The White House Correspondents’ Association believes it is in the public interest to make clear that there are no conditions on the subject of questions at any presidential press conference, domestic or international,” O’Donnell said.

“While the White House decides how many reporters the president allows, professional journalists decide what questions to ask,” she added. “While any leader may want reporters to ask only one question, or to ask only those topics that are of most interest to the president and other world leaders, a free press operates independently.”

Biden has rarely held press conferences as president, and when he does, the White House typically pre-selects reporters to ask questions.

Last April, a photographer snapped a photo of Biden’s media “cheat sheet” that appeared to show Biden knew reporters’ questions in advance.

The White House and the media outlet in question later denied that Biden had any prior knowledge of the question.

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