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Biden condemns voter fraud in Russian election, ignores it in America’s 2020 election

Joe Biden and his administration condemned Russia’s federal election on Monday after reports of voter fraud began circulating.

Their condemnation comes just months after the left vehemently dispelled the possibility of election fraud in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and labeled anyone who questioned the results as a “conspiracy theorist” or “threat to democracy.”

The Russian legislative election took place over three days, from Sept. 17 to Sept. 19, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Putin-backed United Russia party handily won the election, although the legitimacy of their victory was questioned by the Biden administration.

The Biden administration called “upon Russia to honor its international obligations to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to end its pressure campaign on civil society, the political opposition, and independent media.”

According to the State Department, there were “widespread efforts to marginalize independent political figures,” and that election integrity watchdog groups were prevented by Putin “from observing the elections, constricting transparency that is essential to fair elections.”

Ironically, the problems that Joe Biden outlined with his criticism of Russia’s election are poetically similar to those reported during the 2020 U.S. presidential election that he and Democrats dismissed as “conspiracy theories.”

According to officials, voter turnout in Russia’s election was unrealistically high, a factor that can be seen as an indicator of election fraud. Identically, the 2020 U.S. presidential election garnered unexpectedly high turnout, and Joe Biden received exceedingly more votes than any single candidate in American history, despite his having an unenthusiastic base.

Days before the election in Russia, Google had blocked United Russia’s opposition candidates from sharing political content online, censoring them for “extremism.”  Similarly, Google whistleblower Zach Vorhies alleged that the media conglomerate rewrote their algorithm to negatively depict President Donald Trump in 2020.

Others have citied that the results of three-day voting period in Russia created additional time for individuals to commit fraud. However, numerous states across the U.S. granted additional days after the 2020 election to count mail-in votes and absentee ballots. Democrats have dismissed the possibility that this practice encouraged fraud in the U.S.

According to the Associated Press, images and video footage leaked from surveillance cameras have shown individual stuffing large numbers of ballots into ballot boxes. There was also footage of confrontations and disturbances between poll workers and election monitors trying to expose voting violations. Election monitors shared images of thick piles of ballots in ballot boxes that were seemingly put there all at once.

However, Russian election officials and the head of the election commission, Ella Pamfilova, praised the voting process, saying that it took place with “maximum openness.”

“The vote happened fairly, the results are reliable and the legitimacy of the results of the vote are indisputable,” said Pamfilova.

Those who question or allude to the possibility of election fraud in the 2020 U.S. presidential election are labeled by Democrats and the media as “conspiracy theorists” and a “threats to democracy.” Democrats insist that the election was impenetrable because safeguards were in place to protect against fraud.

Four years earlier, Democrats argued the opposite, baselessly insisting that Donald Trump stole the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton by colluding with Russia. Democrats launched a ruthless three-year long investigation into Donald Trump, and the final report stated that he did nothing that violated the integrity of the election.

Thus, Democrats’ condemnation of Russia’s election contradict their own election statements made in the United States in 2020. Their condemnation of a foreign election thats results were deemed “indisputable,” is a direct threat to democracy, according to their past comments.



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Some Haitians at U.S. border released, others deported as pressure builds on Biden

Migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. walk towards a bus to San Antonio at a gas station after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Bello

September 22, 2021

By Daina Beth Solomon

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (Reuters) – Amid deteriorating conditions in migrant camps on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. authorities on Wednesday tried to deal with thousands of the mostly Haitian migrants that have gathered, releasing some in south Texas while deporting others on flights.

Wade McMullen, an attorney with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization said several hundred people, mostly pregnant women and parents with children, had been released in Del Rio, Texas over the past several days, straining resources at a local volunteer-run welcome center. The center does not have overnight capacity, he said.

“People are sleeping at the bus station outside or outside of the airport waiting for their bus or their plane,” to join family or other sponsors in the United States, he said.

The U.S. government said it was continuing to fly hundreds of people, including families, back to Haiti, which has been hit by recent political turmoil and natural disasters.

It has been trying to clear the encampment under the international bridge in Del Rio, which reached as many as 14,000 people at its peak. Authorities have moved thousands away for immigration processing and deported more than 500 Haitians since Sunday.

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson said those who cannot be expelled under a sweeping Trump-era public health order known as Title 42 will be placed in immigration hearings, without specifying who would qualify for those exemptions.

Biden ended the expulsion of unaccompanied children under Title 42 but has continued to expel some families. The spokesperson said people who are not expelled are either detained or released with a notice to appear in immigration court, adding that everyone passes background checks and has their biometric information collected.

McMullen said family members who are not parents or legal guardians of minor children are being separated from the rest of their families. In one instance, a grandmother who had been traveling with her daughter and grandson was separated from them, he said. The daughter and grandson were released, not knowing where the grandmother was. DHS did not immediately respond to a question about the separations.

Meanwhile, thousands still languished at the camp, waiting to be processed after being issued color-coded tickets.

Reuters images showed people with small babies and toddlers, one with an untreated hernia on his stomach, under makeshift shelters made out of reeds on the banks of the Rio Grande.

Clothing was hung out to dry and trash was strewn on the ground, while parents washed their children using jugs of river water and tried to find patches of shade in the punishing heat. Migrants said food remained scarce and there were not enough portable toilets.

On Wednesday morning, a trickle of people – mostly men – crossed back into Mexico across the Rio Grande in search of food.

Some have decided to stay on the Mexico side in Ciudad Acuna, across from Del Rio, citing shortages of food and poor conditions on the U.S. side. By Wednesday, around 200 people had set up a handful of camping tents and tarps as shelter.

One family in Ciudad Acuna was constructing a hut out of cardboard boxes. A line formed outside a Doctors Without Borders truck hoping to get medical consultations, with one woman worried about her 7-year-old son with a cough.

Most of the Haitians have not arrived direct from Haiti. Many had previously tried to settle in South America, but recounted difficulties finding work amid pandemic-related restrictions and the economic downturn.

Jenny Joseph, a 37-year-old Haitian migrant in Ciudad Acuna, said she had lived for two years in Chile but left because she was unable to obtain legal status. She said her cousin was deported back to Haiti with his family after three days in the U.S. camp and she had decided to steer clear of the U.S. side.

REPATRIATION FLIGHTS

U.S. politicians from both parties have criticized Biden’s handling of the situation. Republicans have said the Biden administration has encouraged illegal immigration by relaxing some of the hardline policies put in place by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. Border arrests have reached 20-year highs this year.

“I think any unbiased person would say that the Biden administration’s border and immigration policies have been nothing short of a monumental disaster,” said Republican Senator Mitt Romney at a Congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Democrats have expressed anger over an incident over the weekend in which mounted U.S. border agents used reins like whips to intimidate migrants trying to cross the river. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the agents involved had been pulled from front-line duties.

On Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris said she “raised her grave concerns” about the incident in a call with Mayorkas and stressed the need for all border agents “to treat people with dignity, humanely and consistent with our laws and our values.” She said Mayorkas shared her concerns.

The expulsion flights to Haiti have also faced criticism. There is profound instability in the Caribbean nation, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, where a presidential assassination, rising gang violence and a major earthquake have spread chaos in recent weeks.

Filippo Grandi, the head of the U.N. refugee agency, has warned that expulsions to such a volatile situation might violate international law.

Some of the deported Haitian migrants on Tuesday reacted angrily as they stepped off flights in Port-au-Prince after spending thousands of dollars on arduous voyages to reach the U.S. border.

Mexico has begun transporting some of the migrants via planes and buses towards its border with Guatemala in the south. Flights have sent some 130 people to the southern Mexican city of Villahermosa, and another 130 people to Tapachula on the Guatemala border, a Mexican government official said.

On Tuesday evening, officers from Mexico’s national migration institute (INM) entered two budget hotels on a small street in Ciudad Acuna and escorted about two dozen migrants, including toddlers, onto vans.

One woman, speaking from behind a partition, told Reuters she did not know where they were being taken.

(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon in Ciudad Acuna; Additional reporting by Kristina Cooke in San Francisco; Additional reporting and writing by Mica Rosenberg in New York; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)





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Kamala Harris as “Border Czar”: Joe Biden Set Her Up to Fail

She fell prey to one of the oldest political tricks in the book.




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In that respect, Vice President Kamala Harris is shooting par for the course as Joe Biden’s border czar.

Shoving the vice president off on some lonely policy ice floe is, by now, practically a ritual. Some of you may remember that Barack Obama ceremoniously charged his vice president, Joe Biden, with leading a campaign to “end cancer as we know it.” Cancer does not seem to have taken much notice of Joe Biden. Then again, it’s never been entirely clear why anybody ever did. Joe Biden is a schmuck from a





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White House press corps file formal complaint after Biden aides shout over attempts to ask questions

U.S. President Joe Biden has landed himself in hot water with the mainstream media following his refusal to take questions from the White House press pool during a sit-down with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week. The press pool filed a formal complaint against the Democrat president for refusing to answer questions about the multiple crises that have plagued his administration since he took office in January.

Biden’s meeting with Johnson in the Oval Office is the first time the two heads of state have had a formal meeting following Biden’s disastrous pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The decision received widespread condemnation in the British Parliament, which criticized Biden for his decision to blame America’s erstwhile Afghan allies for much of the catastrophe, instead of taking responsibility.

Attempts by members of the press to ask Biden questions about the ongoing crisis at the U.S. southern border and others were reportedly shot down by White House aides, who drowned out journalists by shouting over them.

“[President] Biden and British PM [Boris Johnson] meet to discuss pandemic, trade and other issues,” wrote CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe. “Johnson took 3 questions. White House aides shouted down U.S. attempts to ask questions. I asked Biden about southern border and we couldn’t decipher what he said.”

White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy said in a statement that the news organization has filed a formal complaint with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki over the incident. 

“The entire editorial component of the U.S. pool went immediately into Jen Psaki’s office to register a formal complaint that no American reporters were recognized for questions in the president’s Oval Office, and that wranglers loudly shouted over the president as he seemed to give an answer to Ed O’Keefe’s question about the situation at the Southern Border,” the statement said. “Biden’s answer could not be heard over the shouting.”

“Psaki was unaware that the incident had occurred, and suggested that she was not in a position to offer an immediate solution,” the statement added.

Portnoy has called for Biden to hold a formal press conference to make up for his continued refusal to cater to the press, which has become a regular issue. Psaki responded to the statement by claiming that Biden “takes questions several times a week.” 

As detailed by the Daily Wire, numerous journalists have chimed in to express their anger over Biden’s tightlipped stance and refusal to engage with the media as the country faces multiple crises, ranging from an influx of illegal immigrants at the southern border, to record-high unemployment, and the ongoing pandemic.

  • Ashley Parker, the Washington Post: “Worth noting that Biden ran for office promising to restore democracy after 4 years of Trump. But today it was the British leader, NOT the American one, who spotlighted a key tenet of a flourishing democracy — respect for a free press — by taking questions from his press corps.”
  • Stephen Miller, the Spectator: “Joe Biden has not taken or answered a single question regarding the border, FDA boosters getting shot down and the drone strike that killed 7 kids. His aides shout down reporters and herds them out of rooms, and the press complies with them.”
  • Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg News: “Biden aides shouted over the president in the Oval Office, trying to prevent a back-and-forth between @POTUS and the press corps.”
  • Andrew Restuccia, the Wall Street Journal: “A chaotic scene in the Oval Office today as Boris Johnson unexpectedly took questions from British reporters, and White House aides shouted over American reporters as we tried to ask Biden questions.”
  • Darren Grimes, GB News: “Boris Johnson took two questions from the British press, President Biden refused to take any, domestic or international. I can well imagine the headlines if Trump did the same, he’d be decried as an ‘authoritarian’, a ‘fascist dictator’ evading scrutiny.





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Sununu joins governors seeking meeting with Biden over border security

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is among two dozen Republican chief executives calling for a meeting with President Joe Biden over immigration and border security concerns.

In a letter to Biden, Sununu and 26 other GOP governors call on the Democrat to meet with them “within 15 days” to work on solutions “to bring an end to the national security crisis created by eight months of unenforced borders.”

“A crisis that began at our southern border now extends beyond to every state and requires immediate action before the situation worsens,” the governors wrote.

The demand for a meeting comes as more than 12,000 migrants have camped around a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after crossing from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

Many of them are Haitian refugees fleeing political unrest and worsening economic conditions in the Caribbean country, officials say.

In response, U.S. authorities closed traffic in both directions at the border crossing, as they try to deal with the “historic” numbers of asylum-seekers.

On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was grilled by lawmakers about the surge of illegal immigration under the Biden administration.

In their letter, the governors called for an “open and constructive dialogue” on border enforcement “on behalf of U.S. citizens in our states and all those hoping to become U.S. citizens.”

“We must end the current crisis and return to border operations that respect the laws of our land and the lives of all people, including those in our states looking to the federal government to enforce and protect our nation’s borders,” they wrote.

Other Republicans who signed the letter to Biden include Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.





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Biden Announces Further US Investment in Combatting COVID-19 Globally

President Joe Biden announced on Sept. 22 that the U.S. government is increasing its investment in combating the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus globally by doubling the number of COVID-19 vaccines it plans to purchase and ship around the world.

U.S. taxpayers will foot the bill for another 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to ship to 100 countries—92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and the 55 member states of the African Union. That’s on top of the 500 million vaccines the United States has already committed to purchasing. The doses will be purchased at a not-for-profit price and shipped through the global COVID-19 platform known as COVAX, according to a senior Biden administration official.

Thus far, the United States has shipped about 160 million doses globally of the total 1.1 billion it has now pledged to ship by this time next year free of charge, with no strings attached, according to Biden.

“We’re not going to solve this crisis with half-measures or middle-of-the-road ambitions. We need to go big,” he said. “And we need to do our part—governments, the private sector, civil society, leaders, philanthropists.”

Biden also announced that $370 million in tax money would go toward the logistical challenge of administering the vaccine globally, another $380 million would go toward the public-private group funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), and another $1.4 billion would go toward “bulk oxygen support, expanded testing, and strengthening health care systems and more.”

“Because we’ve now distributed, donated vaccines to a range of countries around the world, we’ve been able to work through some of those regulatory, legal, logistical hurdles that have been challenges in some places,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Sept. 22, stating that vaccine distribution “should be easier moving forward.”

The White House stated that the goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the world’s population for COVID-19 by this time in 2022. About 43.7 percent of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 6 billion doses administered, according to Our World in Data. Only 2 percent of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Vice President Kamala Harris also made calls for a new Financial Intermediary Fund at the World Bank meant for preparedness for future pandemics. She pledged $250 million from the United States for that fund and said an additional $850 million has been requested of Congress.

Biden also noted plans to produce 1 billion vaccine doses in India through the Quad partnership and the United States financing the production of more than 500 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines in South Africa meant to be distributed on the African continent. Biden included the announcement of a partnership on vaccines between the United States and the EU as well. The EU announced that it, too, will donate 500 million vaccines globally.

The announcement was made during a virtual summit on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly that included leaders from around the world, as well as members of the private sector.

“We need other high-income countries to deliver on their own ambitious vaccine donations and pledges,” Biden said.

The list of virtual attendees included: U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, World Trade Organization Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Gavi CEO Dr. Seth Berkley.

In the run-up to the event, the White House sent a list of investment targets to participants of the summit, according to a senior Biden administration official.

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Biden Denies Passengers Medical Exemptions for Face Masks

Heather Hobbs, a pro-life activist with Save The 1 and now a field coordinator for The John Birch Society in northern Texas, was denied boarding a flight. For medical reasons, her personal doctors recommend that she not wear a face mask. Yet despite having a letter from her personal physician, a recent negative COVID test, and having flown numerous times without a face mask since the pandemic was first announced in the U.S. in January of 2020, she was denied to board her flight. Hobbs tells The New American about her nightmarish ordeal at the airport, after having checked multiple times, beforehand, with the airport, airline company, and both CDC and TSA guidelines posted on their website. She recounts how the airline employees sympathized with her but were bound by newly imposed and unannounced regulations from the Biden administration. For the full story, watch and listen to her interview.



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Biden Taps ‘Sanctuary City’ Supporter To Oversee ICE Prosecutions

Move comes as Biden administration faces an influx of illegal immigrants in Del Rio, Tex.

LA JOYA, TEXAS – APRIL 10: A U.S. Border Patrol agent takes the names of Central American immigrants near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 10, 2021 in La Joya, Texas. A surge of immigrants crossing into the United States, including record numbers of children, continues along the southern border. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Joseph Simonson • September 22, 2021 1:25 pm

The Biden administration is tapping a left-wing attorney who has publicly endorsed sanctuary laws for illegal aliens to serve as Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s top prosecutor, according to an internal memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

ICE announced the hiring of Kerry Doyle, a longtime partner at the Boston-based law firm Graves & Doyle, as the agency’s new principal legal adviser, a role that oversees 25 field locations and 1,250 attorneys. The office serves as ICE’s representative in all removal proceedings and litigates cases against illegal aliens and terrorists. 

“Throughout her legal practice in Boston, Ms. Doyle worked closely with the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute providing technical assistance and public testimony and various immigration-related policy issues before the state legislature and Boston City Council,” the ICE memo reads. 

A spokesman for ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Doyle’s appointment comes as the Biden administration faces an influx of Haitian refugees, who are overrunning the border city of Del Rio, Texas. After reversing a bevy of Trump-era immigration rules, an uptick in illegal migration across the Southern border has strained resources and presented a political problem for the president, who repudiated Trump’s hardline approach to policing the border but risks political blowback from an influx of illegal residents. 

Doyle’s LinkedIn profile spotlights her work as co-counsel in a case that pushed for — and won — a temporary restraining order against then-president Donald Trump’s 2017 travel ban. The attorney also spoke in favor of a Massachusetts bill called the “Safe Communities Act” in early 2020 arguing that ICE was “out of control.” . The measure would have applied sanctuary city laws nationwide and sharply limited the state’s cooperation with the federal government on the deportation of illegal immigrants.

“The Safe Communities Act limits state cooperation … [with ICE]: don’t ask about immigration status; don’t pay for sheriffs to act as ICE agents; tell people their rights,” a description of the bill by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts reads. In June, Doyle told a local news outlet that the state must pass the bill, saying state Democrats should not trust “the Biden administration’s more supportive tone as an excuse not to do what our state needs to do.”

Doyle, who did not respond to a request for comment, has also helped represent illegal aliens convicted of crimes in the past. In March, she filed a petition with ACLU Massachusetts to release two criminal aliens with medical conditions, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. Doyle’s name has since been scrubbed from her previous law firm’s website.

One of President Joe Biden’s first executive orders in office was to suspend arrests, deportations, and investigations of most criminal aliens for 100 days. Deportations under Biden have hit a record low. U.S. immigration judges ordered just 25,000 deportations by the end of August, compared to 152,000 in August 2020. The total number of cases completed by immigration courts are at a 28-year low, even as Border Patrol apprehensions hit a 21-year high. 

Doyle will succeed John Trasviña, who assumed the role in January. 





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Former Border Patrol Chief Says Border Security Rapidly Disintegrated Under Biden

Security at the United States’ southern border has fallen sharply since President Joe Biden took office, the former chief of the U.S. Border Patrol says.

Rodney Scott was part of the border enforcement agency for nearly 30 years before being ousted in June. In a new letter penned to top senators, Scott said he witnessed an “unprecedent[ed] seismic shift in border security and immigration policy” after Biden was sworn in on Jan. 20.

“I believe this policy shift and the associated public statements created the current border crisis. Of greater concern, I also witnessed a lack of any meaningful effort to secure our borders,” he added.

The United States made advances in border security following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks after finding out that some of the attackers illegally entered the country from Mexico. But Scott said this year, under Biden, that security has rapidly disintegrated.

Biden administration officials are ignoring common-sense recommendations and seem “laser-focused on expediting the flow of migrants into the U.S.” while downplaying “the significant vulnerability this creates for terrorists, narcotics, smugglers, human traffickers, and even hostile nations to gain access to our homeland,” Scott wrote.

He accused Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of providing factually incorrect information to Congress and letting illegal immigrants who, by law, should be expelled from the country remain here. He urged top senators, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), to request detailed information on the situation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as part of their oversight responsibility.

Customs and Border Protection, which includes Border Patrol, declined to comment. DHS, which includes both, did not respond to a request for comment.

Then-President Donald Trump speaks with then-Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott (R) as they participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, on June 23, 2020. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

The letter was written in mid-September and released this week by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

“It’s a devastating letter. It should be a bombshell,” Johnson told The Epoch Times.

Johnson quoted from the letter in a congressional hearing on Tuesday that featured, among others, Mayorkas.

Of the over 1.3 million apprehensions at the southern border this year, Johnson asked, “how many immigrants have been released into the United States?”

Mayorkas said he did not have those numbers but promised to provide them later to the senator.

Biden and his administration have radically altered immigration enforcement from the previous administration, which had cut down on illegal immigration through tools like the Migrant Policy Protocols, a program that forced many asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their claims were heard. Mayorkas ended that program.

Mayorkas claimed that the administration’s strategy is working, pointing to a slight drop in apprehensions in August from July. He and other officials have said it will take time for the overhaul to show results.

Johnson, though, alleged that what’s currently happening is what Democrats want to happen.

“They’ve got a plan. It’s called completely open borders, and they’re executing that plan, and from their standpoint, he was working swimmingly well,” he told The Epoch Times. “I’m hoping the rest of America realizes what an unmitigated disaster and the serious consequences [and] the homeland and national security impact of this.”

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.



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White House Reporters File ‘Formal Complaint’ Against Biden After Aides Shout Them out of Oval Office

The White House press pool has filed a formal complaint against President Joe Biden after he wouldn’t answer questions about contentious topics while he met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Oval Office on Sept. 21.

During the meeting, Biden and Johnson discussed trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S.–UK–Australia nuclear submarine deal that angered the French government, and several other topics. Johnson took a few questions and was finishing his response to a reporter’s inquiry when White House staffers told reporters to leave the room, cutting the prime minister off, video footage of the incident shows.

Before the interruption, Johnson said, “Would it be OK if we had a couple of questions? Just a couple?” Biden then responded: “Good luck.”

As aides shouted and media members left the room, Biden, who was wearing a mask, sat in his chair for several seconds before making a motion with his hand. Johnson, who was also wearing a mask, rapidly scanned the room amid the yelling.

“That’s absurd,” one reporter said as they left. “Two British reporters get questions, and we don’t get anything.”

White House pool reporter Steven Portnoy said the press pool has filed a formal complaint with press secretary Jen Psaki.

“The entire editorial component of the U.S. pool went immediately into Jen Psaki’s office to register a formal complaint that no American reporters were recognized for questions in the president’s Oval Office, and that wranglers loudly shouted over the president as he seemed to give an answer to Ed O’Keefe’s question about the situation at the southern border,” Portnoy, the head of the White House Correspondents’ Association, wrote. “Biden’s answer could not be heard over the shouting.

“Psaki was unaware that the incident had occurred, and suggested that she was not in position to offer an immediate solution. Your pooler requested a press conference. Psaki suggested the president takes questions several times a week.”

Ed O’Keefe of CBS News said he couldn’t hear Biden’s answer to his question about the U.S.–Mexico border crisis, due to White House aides shouting them down along with Biden’s muffled response due to his mask. White House aides also appeared to cut off Johnson’s response by shouting and telling everyone to leave the Oval Office, he said.

The White House press office didn’t respond to a request for comment by press time.

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