MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell just got kicked out of a press conference at the State Department for the second day in a row. Perhaps the people working there think they’re in Russia or something.
Mitchell was trying to ask Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the recent developments in the Far East, where the United States has deployed anti-missile defense systems in response to North Korea’s recent missile test launches. A spokesperson for North Korea said that the goal of the exercise was to test the tiny nation’s capability to strike U.S. military bases in Japan.
Thus, the United States has responded by deploying anti-missile defense systems to South Korea, and China, ever sensitive to things it perceives as American attempts to overshadow its power, apparently isn’t happy.
It’s on that note that Mitchell asked Secretary of State Tillerson what our latest move might be, beginning, “Mr. Secretary, China has said there will be consequences for the deployment now of anti-missile defenses in South Korea.”
At that point, however, State Department staffers cut in over Mitchell, saying “thank you” over and over again. They can be seen starting to walk towards her and the group she’s with in video of the incident.
Mitchell, for her part, went on undeterred. Continuing on the subject of North Korea, she called out to Tillerson, “Can you respond to the threats from China?”
However, the staffers didn’t really stop walking when they got to where Mitchell was standing, instead escorting the journalist out of the room.
As she was rushed out, she tried to ask something of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who was in the room for the press availability alongside Tillerson, saying, “Mr. Minister, are you sure that the Trump Administration will be strong against Vladimir Putin?”
Mitchell didn’t get an answer. Instead, she was simply escorted out of the room.
Video of the incident is featured below.
In the context of the Trump Administration, it’s not necessarily immediately clear what to make of this. Quite simply, however, what this incident basically boils down to is the Trump Administration actively working to distance itself from the nation’s media and that which the nation’s media stands for – truth.
This incident isn’t the first time that this has happened. Mitchell, as mentioned, was also escorted out of a State Department press availability yesterday. At that time, as you can see in the video below, she was trying to ask whether or not Tillerson was concerned about possible budget cuts affecting the State Department’s operations.
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