Joe Biden vented his frustration with the US media during talks with Narendra Modi at the White House, complaining to India’s PM that they never ask questions on point and aren’t as well-behaved as their Indian counterparts.
“I think what we’re going to do is bring in the press,” the US president said as he sat with Modi ahead of formal talks in the Oval Office on Friday.
“The Indian press is much better behaved than the American press,” he warned his guest before journalists entered the room, according to a video from the meeting.
WATCH: President Biden, during meeting with Indian PM Modi:“The Indian press is much better behaved than the American press…I think, with your permission, you could not answer questions because they won’t ask any questions on point.” pic.twitter.com/VppL7973ma
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“I think, with your permission,” Biden told the Indian prime minister, “you could not answer questions because they won’t ask any questions on point.” The Indian PM reportedly agreed with his host.
Despite their absence from the official transcript of the talks, those remarks were widely shared by social media users, including some of the White House correspondents themselves.
“I thought Modi had said this when I heard about it, but nope that’s the American president,” Katie Rogers, a White House reporter for the New York Times, wrote on Twitter.
Her colleague, Christian Datoc of the DC Examiner, pointed out that the comments by Biden sounded “pretty Trumpian.”
Biden has praised the value of journalism on many occasions during his campaign for the White House as the media kept trashing his rival Donald Trump. But things changed after he became president and was himself faced with inconvenient questions and criticism. (RT)
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