Trump gives China's Xi a total, stunning press pass

Trump gives China's Xi a total, stunning press pass”

After a day of meetings, Trump and Xi gave joint remarks in Beijing's Tiananmen Square Thursday - but the two leaders exited without taking questions.

News political director Chuck Todd pointed out on Twitter that previous press secretaries demanded press conferences while on official state visits to China.

"Today's event had been described as a press conference, but no questions were allowed", complained The Guardian in 2009.

But it's an opinion that didn't come easily for many, the newspaper noted, largely because previous suspicions about Mr Trump were shaped by "now discredited" United States media outlets. In February, he tweeted that the media is the "enemy of the American people".

But what they missed or failed to mention was that President Barack Obama also failed to take questions with then-President Hu Jintao during his first trip to China.

Before Obama, both former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton did take questions from reporters during their first trips to China.

Jay Carney, who served as White House Press Secretary from 2011 to 2014, suggested the Chinese frequently tried to limit press accessibility when Mr Obama visited Beijing.

"The Chinese try this every time". It's a test of will and principle.

China isn't supposed to have a say about press access.

"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", he added.

"Zemin to do a spirited 70-minute press conference in which they took questions from journalists and actively debated each other on the most hard issues of human rights, Tiananmen Square and Tibet".

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