White House press rants over restricted access to Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis
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White House reporters traveling with President Joe Biden in Italy on Friday expressed frustration at the lack of press access to a summit between Biden and Pope Francis.
The Vatican’s brutal cancellation of a live broadcast of their meeting angered the media, which have had their own complaints in the United States about access to Biden. Their discussion lasted about 90 minutes.
“We are now waiting for the Vatican television production team to broadcast a video edited from the only camera that recorded Biden’s meeting with the Pope. Unfortunately, no independent American journalist has been allowed in,” he said. he added. tweeted CBS News Radio correspondent Steven Portnoy on Friday. Portnoy is the head of the White House Correspondents Association.
It is standard practice for the Vatican to have live television broadcasts when heads of state visit.
Washington Times White House reporter Jeff Murdock said the summit was “an embarrassment to press freedom” and shot White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
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“Today’s Biden-Pope Francis summit is a disgrace for press freedom,” he wrote. “[Psaki] dodged questions about access to the press and then hid obediently behind the Vatican, raising his hands in the air with a “don’t blame us” attitude.
The Washington Post’s Chico Harlan recalled the “appalling” press access for the meeting, in connection with the newspaper’s coverage of a summit between President Donald Trump and the head of the Catholic Church in 2017.
“The access to the press for the Pope-Biden meeting is appalling. We’ll see Biden arrive and then… nothing. Yesterday the Vatican abruptly cut plans for the press to be there for the initial greetings and jokes,” Harlan wrote.
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Biden is the second Catholic President of the United States. CNN called Biden, who supports abortion rights contrary to church teachings, “the most godly American leader in decades.”
The president, after a meeting of about 90 minutes, a key part of his trip to Italy for the G20, explained to reporters the details of their discussions.
Biden said Francis told him he should continue to receive Communion and that abortion was not discussed.
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“We just talked about how happy he was that I was a good Catholic,” Biden said. “And I should continue to receive Communion.”
An expanded meeting with Biden, the Cardinals and White House aides began shortly after the one-on-one meeting, according to reporters traveling with the president.
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“It’s good to be back,” said Biden, traveling with First Lady Jill Biden, upon his arrival on Friday.
Biden gave Pope Francis a “challenge coin.”
“I’m not sure it’s appropriate, but there is a tradition in America that the president gives to warriors and leaders,” Biden said. “You are the most important peace warrior I have ever met, and I wish I could give you a coin.”
Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.
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