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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre leaves press briefing after confrontation with African journalist

A heated exchange took place during Thursday’s press briefing at the White House when Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, stormed out after being questioned by an African reporter regarding his exclusion from asking a question.

This incident adds to the ongoing tension between Jean-Pierre and Simon Ateba from Today News Africa, who previously accused the White House of discrimination for denying him the opportunity to participate in briefings

Credits: @k_jeanpierre on Instagram

During a discussion about the visit of Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, Ateba, seeking a follow-up question, directed his inquiry to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.

Despite Ateba’s attempt to engage, Jean-Pierre disregarded him and called on another journalist. Frustrated, Ateba commented on the situation, stating, “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.”

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As Ateba voiced his discontent, Jean-Pierre abruptly suggested ending the briefing. Ateba persisted, causing an interruption as another reporter tried to pose their question.

Displeased with the lack of decorum, Jean-Pierre approached the podium as Ateba continued to express his grievances. Jean-Pierre decided to leave, grabbing her notes and stating, “Thanks, everybody,” reflecting evident anger. Interrupted yet again as she exited, Jean-Pierre firmly declined any additional inquiries.

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During a previous press briefing on June 26, Ateba engaged in a viral confrontation with Jean-Pierre, leading to the White House threatening to revoke his press privileges.

In response to Ateba’s criticism regarding his exclusion, Jean-Pierre reprimanded him for his impoliteness and threatened to end the briefing if his interruptions persisted.

The tension between the two was further evident when Jean-Pierre’s office addressed Ateba directly in a letter, shared by the journalist on social media, reprimanding him for his disruptive behavior.

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