Karine Jean-Pierre is called discriminatory by an African White House reporter.
A week before a big meeting of African leaders in Washington, D.C., an African reporter who covers the White House criticised White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for being rude to him and not giving him a chance to ask questions.
Simon Ateba, a reporter for Today News Africa, kept trying to ask the White House spokeswoman questions. On Thursday, when he told her she wasn't answering his questions about next week's U.S.-Africa Summit, she stormed out of the briefing room.
The goal of the three-day summit between President Joe Biden and 49 African heads of state is to continue to strengthen "our shared vision for the future of U.S.-Africa relations."
The summit will take place in Washington from Tuesday to Thursday. There will be a lot of security, so roads will be closed, Metro service will change, and there will be a security perimeter around Mount Vernon Square and the Washington Convention Center.
Ateba said on social media that he has been trying to talk to the press secretary for the past three months, but she has been "treating me and other African journalists badly."
"It's been terrible, a disaster. The Biden White House has been a real nightmare "The African reporter told Tucker Carlson on Friday's Fox News show. "I'm the voice of Africa in the U.S. right now. But I can say for sure that racism in the White House against me and other African journalists is shocking and shameful."
Ateba continued, "She didn't ask a single question, even though President Biden is about to meet with 50 African heads of state at the U.S.-Africa Summit. I have been trying for three months now."
The reporter for Today News Africa said, "This is shocking because she is black." She's not from here."
"I'm black and I came from another country. "She doesn't like me, and she's being unfair," he said.
Ateba said that Jean-actions Pierre's were shocking and that she "should be ashamed of herself."
Ateba and Jean-Pierre have been arguing about many things since Thursday. Diana Glebova of the Daily Caller tried to ask Dr. Anthony Fauci about where the coronavirus came from at his last press briefing at the White House in November, but Jean-Pierre cut her off quickly.
Ateba then defended the reporter by saying, "She has a good question. She wants to know where COVID-19 came from, and Dr. Fauci is the best person to answer that."
"I'm done. Simon, I'm done. Simon, I'm done. Jean-Pierre yelled at Ateba, "I'm done with you right now!" to stop the conversation about where the virus came from.
Ateba and the previous press secretary, Jen Psaki, had many fights, but on Friday, he felt that Jean-Pierre had "discriminated" against him more than any other press secretary.