周四早些时候, 目前尚不清楚拜登是否知道他的工作人员取消了与来访的世界领导人的传统新闻发布会. 在早上的账单签署活动中, 拜登拒绝回答一个大喊大叫的问题, assuring reporters, “I’ll be happy to answer your questions after I meet with all of the leaders.”
But reporters were stunned just before 6 下午. when Biden failed to honor his pledge.
The session with Biden, Canadian Prime Minister 贾斯汀·特鲁多 and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the White House East Room was closed to the press without the American president responding to a single question.
代替, the three leaders took turns giving opening remarks before Biden asked US national security adviser Jake Sullivan to speak.
“谢谢,” Sullivan responded. “We’ll just give the press a couple of minutes to leave the room before we get the meeting underway.”
As reporters bellowed questions, a junior White House press officer shouted at them to leave: “我们走吧! 谢谢, 谢谢!”
Biden did take questions prior to his meeting with Trudeau, the first scheduled event of the summit, but declined to do so prior to his one-on-one with Obrador later in the day.
Following the Biden-Trudeau meeting, Psaki was asked why the White House had decided to “break with tradition” by not holding a post-summit press conference.
“我会说, 第一的, I don’t think it’s as scandalous as that in terms of the backstory,” the press secretary responded.
“I would note that in the last three weeks, the president has hosted two press conferences — three, if you count the one after he announced the signing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, where he took a number of questions,” Psaki added. “He’s also, including today, he’s taken questions from reporters a total of at least 10 times this month.”
“There was a change in schedule as things moved around, as they sometimes do,” she went on. “如你所知, 他 [拜登] signed three important pieces of legislation today — important for law enforcement — that had broad bipartisan support. That moved everything later in the day and schedules change and adjust, but you saw him take questions just a few minutes ago [with Trudeau].”