Oh, the irony…
While the Obama administration is accustomed to manipulating the press, leave it to China’s communist government — no friend to the media — to balk at their heavy-handed efforts.
President Barack Obama arrived in China on Saturday for the G20 summit and things did not get off to a smooth start when a Chinese official was captured on video shouting at White House press aide who was instructing foreign reporters on where to stand as they recorded Obama disembarking from the plane, Reuters reported.
“This is our plane,” the unidentified aide told the official. “We’re standing under the wing.”
“This is our country! This is our airport! Okay?” he shot back in English, clearly annoyed.
And while some are questioning whether the Chinese government deliberately snubbed Obama and his presidential entourage, the treatment the Americans received was reportedly not on par with what other state leaders receive.
With China imposing tight security for the G20 summit, the same official also has a confrontation with National Security Advisor Susan Rice on the tarmac, according to Reuters.
The Secret Service had to intervene when the man tried to prevent Rice from walking to the motorcade as she crossed a media rope line.
Government official was not happy that reporters were under the wing of AF1. WH press aide would not back down. pic.twitter.com/C3JRVIe37K
— Roberta Rampton (@robertarampton) September 3, 2016
The news agency said he spoke “angrily to her” and that Rice responded, but her comments could not be heard. It’s not clear if he was unaware of who Rice is, perhaps thinking she was a reporter.
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