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White House reporters say snubbed on questions after Biden-Johnson presser, file complaint

Johnson granted questions to two British reporters before White House aides reportedly ushered out reporters.

Updated: September 22, 2021 - 8:54am

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Members of the White House press pool have lodged a complaint over not being called upon to ask questions at the conclusion of a President Biden-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson press conference Tuesday, while British reporters got to ask two questions. 

White House Correspondents' Association President Steve Portnoy, who served as the radio pooler for the Oval Office event, said the editorial component of the pool lodged a formal complaint with White House press secretary Jen Psaki, according to The Hill newspaper.  

Johnson granted questions to two British reporters before White House aides reportedly ushered out reporters.

In response to a shouted question about problems at the U.S. southern border, Biden responded in part that "violence is not justified," but the remainder of his comments were indecipherable, The Hill also reports.

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