President Donald Trump refused to take questions throughout a joint look with Chinese President Xi Jinping, breaking with a precedent set by the previous three U.S. leaders to push again towards China’s tight management over the media.
After a day of conferences, Trump and Xi gave joint remarks in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square Thursday — however the two leaders exited with out taking questions.
Trump’s refusal to reply questions from the media in China marked a break from examples set by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. All three took no less than one query throughout appearances with their Chinese counterparts, as a part of an effort to exert stress on China’s authorities to permit exchanges with reporters.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed CNN “it was at the Chinese insistence there were no questions today.”
Xi has maintained tight management over the press in China and final yr launched a coverage implementing that the information media should pledge loyalty to the state.
Trump, in the meantime, fueled his meteoric presidential marketing campaign by blasting a number of media shops as “fake news” and has not relented since taking workplace. In February, he tweeted that the media is the “enemy of the American people.”
While Obama didn’t take questions from reporters throughout his first go to to China in 2009, he did when he returned in 2014. Bush took questions throughout his go to to China in 2002, and Clinton took questions at a discussion board throughout his go to to China in 1998.
Jay Carney, who labored as Obama’s White House Press Secretary from 2011 to 2014, slammed Trump.
“The Chinese do that each time. It’s a take a look at of will and precept. Letting them dictate press entry is an embarrbading capitulation,” he tweeted.
“I once had to tell Chinese officials that Pres. Obama would not show up for the press avail unless there would be a Q&A. They backed down,” Carney added.
Brad Dayspring, who labored as Bush’s deputy director of press advance from 2001 to 2004, tweeted that in his tenure, “China regularly insisted on ‘no questions’ during our travel there,” however that “Our WH team fought for greater press access, including questions.”
“Never got everything we pushed for, but always expanded access from Chinese demands & ensured questions were taken alongside Chinese President. It’s an important demonstration of American press freedoms,” Dayspring added.