When press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre yelled at reporters on Tuesday during Dr. Anthony Fauci’s final public appearance before retiring, the White House briefing room descended into chaos.
Breitbart News reported that Dr. Fauci was attempting to avoid addressing questions concerning the origins of the Chinese coronavirus.
As reporters barraged him with inquiries about the origins of the Chinese coronavirus, Fauci, the departing chief medical adviser to the White House, stated that Americans should get tested for the Chinese coronavirus before attending Thanksgiving gatherings and added that “everybody” should be vaccinated and given a boost.
While the press secretary appeared to not call on certain reporters, Jean-Pierre intervened to chastise reporters who wanted to ask the “best person” about the origins of the Chinese coronavirus. This happened as reporters began yelling questions at Fauci.
“We have a process here. I’m not calling on people who yell and you’re being disrespectful to your colleagues, and you’re being disrespectful to our guests,” Jean-Pierre said while glaring at a reporter in one of the back rows.
“I will not call on you if you yell, and also, you’re taking time off the clock, because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple of minutes,” she told the reporters in the room.
“I’m done. I’m not getting into a back and forth with you,” the press secretary added.
Today News Africa’s Simon Ateba entering a back in forth with the press agent, arguing that they are having a press briefing and she “needs to call from people across the room…She has a valid question.”
Ateba added, “She’s asking about the origin of COVID-19… Dr. Fauci is the best person to answer.”
Jean-Pierre responded by stating, “I hear your question…But we’re not doing it the way you want it… I’m done.”
The latest altercation between White House staff and media occurred in this event.
As the Daily Mail reported, “While television journalists in the front rows can expect to ask questions every day, those sitting further back – or coming armed with awkward questions – feel hard done by when their raised hands are ignored.”