Shortly after President Barack Obama set wheels down Saturday in Hangzhou, China his National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, members of his entourage and the press corps tangled with Chinese officials both on the flight line and at the West Lake State House minutes before Obama’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingpin.
“A bit of chaos on the Tarmac,” read the feed from the White House press pool report by Wall Street Journal reporter Carol Lee.
Pool was brought under the wing of AF1 per usual but the scene was not per usual. There were no stairs to the top door to AF1, instead President Obama exited via the lower level stairs so pool could hardly see him, and only for a split second as he exited at 2:30 p.m. A member of the Chinese delegation was screaming at White House staff from the moment pool got onto the tarmac. He wanted he US press to leave. The Chinese had put up a blue rope under the wing so pool had to stand behind it. This man was demanding the pool, which was behind the blue rope, get away from the arrival scene altogether. At one point a White House official told him this was our president and our plane and the press wasn’t moving.
Chinese gov put rope under AF1 to keep press from Obama arrival in Hangzhou, yelled at WH officials to bar US pool pic.twitter.com/JeRA09jews
— Carol Lee (@carolelee) September 3, 2016
As reported by Breitbart
Lee wrote this assertion by the White House staffer did not go down well: “The man yelled, ‘This is our country.” He yelled at another White House official and got testy with Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes, seeming to try to block them from walking closer to the arrival scene after they lifted the blue rope and walked to the other side of it, nearer to POTUS.”
Obama was meeting with Xi and Ban Ki Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, at the West Lake compound to formally accept the UN’s Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which is being trumpeted in the Chinese media as a huge diplomatic achievement for Xi.
The White House press corps has a rotating duty, where its members take turns writing up notes in situations when it is impracticable for the entire press corps to cover an event.
As the president walked down the red carpet, Lee wrote that the Chinese lined both sides of Obama’s path to his limousine, so that there was no way to take photographs or shoot video footage.
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