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    Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki chided a reporter for an African news site after he repeatedly interrupted her and other journalists at her final press briefing on Friday. Simon Ateba, who runs the website Today News Africa, repeatedly shouted 'will you take a question from the back of the room?' interrupting his press colleagues as well as Psaki. Ateba first interrupted Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller, and then began shouting over ABC News reporter Mary Bruce as she tried to ask a question. Bruce, her frustration evident, responded 'Simon, please stop,' but Ateba was undeterred and repeated his demands. 'If you can spread the questions from across the room and all of us at the back of the room,' shouted Ateba. Simon Ateba, who runs the website Today News Africa, repeatedly shouted 'will you take a question from the back of the room?' at Friday's press briefing  Psaki chided Ateba saying: 'Simon, if you could respect your colleagues and other media reporters in here, that would be greatly appreciated.' Psaki at this point intervened and said: 'Simon, if...
    WASHINGTON (BCN) – Oakland’s Amy Schneider, famous for her recent winning streak on the TV trivia game show “Jeopardy!,” visited the White House Thursday on International Transgender Day of Visibility. Schneider, who identifies as transgender, met with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and visited the Secretary of War room and the press Briefing Room at the White House where she spoke to reporters. READ MORE: UPDATE: 1 Injured, 1 Arrested in Shooting Near San Jose's Yerba Buena High; Shelter-In-Place Order Lifted“I’m just really, really honored to be here and really grateful that this is being celebrated and the trans people are being celebrated in a place like this,” she said in the Briefing Room. A reporter asked her what she hopes to accomplish on her trip to the White House, and she said, “Just again being a trans person out there that isn’t monstrous and isn’t threatening and is just a normal person like we all are. “So, the more that people like me can be seen the harder it is to sustain the myths that are, that are kind of...
    Sophie Wessex showcased her trendsetting sense of style as she attended the UK Mission to New York briefing today.  The Countess of Wessex, 57, arrived in the US yesterday for a whirlwind four-day visit, with a discussion about the impact of the conflict of Ukrainian women and girls, and the international humanitarian response on her agenda. She showed off her fashion credentials on the first day of her trip, donning three different outfits for her busy day of engagements.  The mother-of-two kicked off her trip by planting a rosemary bush in the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in Lower Manhattan, wrapping up in a cosy cream coat with a pair of suede black boots.  Later in the day, the royal donned a black leather dress to meet with officials at St George's Society of New York, which has supported those with British and Commonwealth heritage in the city for over 250 years.  And last night, she opted for a stylish navy gown featuring a bold white print of women's figures as she attended the UN Commonwealth Day Reception. Sophie Wessex (pictured left) donned a black suit...
    Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked for President Joe Biden’s reaction to Major League Baseball’s announcement that Opening Day has been canceled amid a labor dispute. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced this week that Opening Day 2022 has been canceled due to the ongoing lockout, as well as games through April 7. The lockout is the first time regular-season games have been lost to a labor dispute since 1995. “Our failure to reach agreement was not for lack of effort by either party,” Manfred said. “The unfortunate thing is the agreement we offered players had huge benefits to fans and players.” Ms. Jeann-Pierre briefed reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday en route to Wisconsin, and was asked to give the president’s reaction to the cancellation. KJP had a statement at the ready: Q I have one final question for you. MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Yeah. Go ahead. Q Is there — are you aware of any reaction or comment from the President to Major League Baseball’s decision to cancel Opening Day? MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I do have something on...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that President Biden's staff 'never give him any time to think' as they keep him so busy, though the president had no public events today and a lid was called before 1:30 p.m.  'If he were standing here today ... he would say we never give him any free time or any time to think,' Psaki told reporters in her Wednesday briefing. 'And that is probably true.'  'I know the president doesn't have any public events today,' the press secretary admitted. 'He does have a number of meetings with policy teams.'  The president just returned from his home in Wilmington, Delaware on Monday, where he's spent nearly a third of his presidency, according to CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, a presidential statistics buff.  Biden had spent the least eight days in Delaware for the Christmas holiday.   Biden has spent 95 days in Delaware since taking office last January, 27 percent of his time in office.  When Biden, 79, is not spending his weekends in Wilmington, he is sometimes spending them at his beach house...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki likes to “circle back.” On Friday, she did just that as she returned to the White House’s James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, just over a week after testing positive for the coronavirus. Psaki announced on Oct. 31 she tested positive for Covid. In her statement that day, she said that “in coordination with senior leadership at the White House,” she decided not to accompany President Joe Biden on his five-day trip to Europe that included going to the Vatican, where Biden, who is Catholic, met with Pope Francis; Rome for the G20; and in Scotland for a U.N. climate change conference. Psaki said that “members of her household [tested] positive for Covid-19” and that she had quarantined and tested negative over four days afterward only to get a positive test the day before her announcement. She noted that she hadn’t “had close contact with the president or senior members of the White House since [the previous] Wednesday.” Psaki reiterated on Friday that she made the announcement “out of an abundance of transparency” and...
    The Biden administration warned unvaccinated people against traveling over Labor Day weekend and called for vaccinated people to use the holiday as an incentive to get shots into the arms of their unvaccinated family members. Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus coordinator, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters attending Tuesday's coronavirus briefing that getting vaccinated should be included in people's "pre-holiday checklist." "Talk with family and friends who are still unvaccinated about the benefits of the vaccine and continue to consider taking them to get vaccinated over the long holiday weekend," Walensky added near the end of her opening remarks. PENTAGON DEBUNKS REPORT CLAIMING US ABANDONED DOZENS OF SERVICE DOGS IN KABUL Walensky urged vaccinated people to spend time with family members outdoors "to help prevent transmission" and wear masks when indoor settings. "Wearing a mask is the easiest way for anyone, regardless of your vaccination status, to slow the spread of disease," she said. During the question and answer portion of the briefing, Zeke Miller of the Associated Press asked the administration...
    President Joe Biden snapped at a reporter who tried to ask him about security at Kabul airport on Sunday after spending much of the day paying tribute to 13 fallen service members killed in Afghanistan. He is under intense pressure to defend his handling of the rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces after 20 years of conflict. And it showed later in the day after returning to Washington, D.C., where he delivered a pep talk to staff at the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Hurricane Ida battered Louisiana. 'I'm not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,' he said as he turned to the travelling press pool. 'On Afghanistan...' said a reporter before he cut him off. He snapped: 'I'm not going to answer Afghanistan now.' The president turned away from the press pool to talk to FEMA staff as the reporter continued with a question about whether he still believed 'there was an extreme risk at the airport.' After an emotional day meeting relatives of the 13 troops killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber in Kabul, President Biden returned...
    Thursday's deadly terror attacks in Kabul threw the Biden administration's daily operations back into disarray. In addition to costing President Joe Biden a number of opportunities to regain control of the narrative surrounding the United States's mission in Afghanistan, the tragic attacks forced the cancellation of the White House's weekly coronavirus briefing and a host of bilateral meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. In total, only the first two items included on the White House's original Thursday schedule, included below, occurred as planned: 8:30 AM — The President receives the President's Daily Brief 9:15 AM — Thee President meets with his national security team to hear intelligence, security, and diplomatic updates on the evolving situation in Afghanistan on the evolving situation in Afghanistan 10:30 AM — Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials 11:30 AM — The President participates in a bilateral meeting with His Excellency Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister of the State of Israel 11:55 AM — The President will participate in an expanded bilateral meeting with His...
    In remarks given five hours after they were originally scheduled, President Joe Biden made clear that the Aug. 31 withdrawal date was a deadline his administration was determined to meet. “The sooner we can finish, the better,” the president said. He added that the completion of evacuation efforts by Aug. 31 depended on the Taliban continuing to cooperate and allowing access to the airport. But he also said he had asked the State Department and the Pentagon for contingency plans if it became necessary to stay in the country longer, so that the U.S. could continue to get Americans and Afghan allies out of the country. Since Aug. 14, the U.S. has helped evacuate 70,700 people, Biden said, and more continue to be flown out of the country. The president cautioned, however, that the longer troops stay, the more dangerous the mission becomes, as ISIS-K, an Afghanistan affiliate of ISIS, seeks to target the airport in Kabul. “Every day we're on the ground is another day we know that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport and attack both...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, during a White House briefing Tuesday appealed to eligible unvaccinated Americans to roll their sleeves, receive shots and accelerate the timeline to the pandemic’s end. "I would like to appeal to this country, to the people in the country who are not vaccinated, to realize that we have the capability among ourselves to essentially cut down the time frame to getting the end of this pandemic," Fauci said in part during a virtual briefing. CLICK HERE TO FIND A COVID-19 VACCINE NEAR YOU A day prior, Fauci said he misspoke during an interview with NPR, when he said if the majority of Americans get vaccinated, the country may get the virus under control by fall 2022. He later told CNN if a majority of some 90 million unvaccinated Americans sign up to take the vaccines – the country could get "some good control in the spring of 2022." Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates 60.3% of Americans age 12 and older, or all those eligible...
    New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio used his daily press briefing to encourage residents to show support for local businesses and take a pass on Amazon Prime day. “This is the day when Amazon tries to outgun every small business, every local retailer everywhere and continues to dominate,” said De Blasio on Monday. Following a tumultuous financial year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, de Blasio is tasked with addressing economic recovery in New York City, specifically small businesses which were hit the hardest. The mayor strongly advised against taking advantage of Prime Day deals in order to support local establishments — referring to such as businesses as, “The backbone of our city, the heart and soul of our neighborhoods.” The mayor acknowledged Amazon’s crucial role in the city’s economy; It is the largest employer in Staten Island, yet highlighted inequities between Amazon’s corporate success and the treatment of its employees on the ground level. “Amazon literally made record profits last year, but they don’t seem to want to share them with working people,” de Blasio said —...
    White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre sidestepped questions on what penalties China might face if President Joe Biden's newly announced investigation into the origin of the coronavirus finds wrongdoing in that country. Just before Wednesday's White House briefing began, Biden announced that he had tasked the U.S. intelligence community with conducting a 90-day review to determine "whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident." BIDEN ORDERS INTEL COMMUNITY TO CONDUCT 90-DAY REVIEW ON CORONAVIRUS LAB LEAK THEORY The Associated Press's Zeke Miller asked Jean-Pierre what types of penalties China could face if the review determines it was somehow complicit in allowing the global pandemic to spread and whether the White House would commit to publicizing the findings of the investigation, yet the White House spokeswoman did not answer either inquiry. She stressed that the administration wanted to allow the 90-day review to run its course before considering future actions. "We have to go through the 90-day review," she reiterated. "I'm just not going to prejudge. I'm not going to make...
    As the U.S. approached holidays over the last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Americans to avoid travel and gatherings with nonhousehold members to prevent potential coronavirus spread. Now, the messaging from the agency has shifted with half of U.S. adults fully vaccinated.  Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky voiced optimism that the proportion of the country’s fully vaccinated population will help reduce the occurrence of new infections.  "We have seen after holiday weekends in the past that cases have risen but we’ve never been in a position where we’ve had almost half the adults of America vaccinated and protected from this virus," Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. CDC REPORTS 10K BREAKTHROUGH COVID-19 CASES AMID 101M VACCINATED PEOPLE "Our guidance is very clear, if you are vaccinated you are protected, and if you are unvaccinated in the context of Memorial Day weekend we are really encouraging you to adhere to our guidance for people who are unvaccinated and of course to get vaccinated," she said. Earlier in the...
    Some counties in Southern California are seeing the rate of coronavirus cases tick upwards as efforts continue to vaccinate the most vulnerable communities.In Los Angeles County, the rate of infections increased slightly compared to last week, according to figures released by the state. That keeps the county firmly in the orange tier of the state's reopening framework at least through the end of April.According to weekly state figures released on Tuesdays, Los Angeles County's seven-day average daily rate of new COVID-19 cases was 3.2 per 100,000 residents, a slight increase from 3.1 over the past two weeks.In order to advance to the less-restrictive yellow tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the county must reach an average daily case rate below 2 per 100,000 residents and then maintain that rate for at least two weeks.The county's rate of people testing positive for the virus also held steady from last week, at a low 1.5%.Riverside County also saw a slight uptick in COVID-19 case rate numbers as well.According to Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari, the county's coronavirus...
    The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Michigan needs to 'close things down' in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. In the last month, new infections have exploded from an average of about 2,000 per day to more than 6,000 per day, an xx percent increase. During a press briefing on Monday, Dr Rochelle Walensky said she believe that the state will not be able to vaccinate its way out of a fourth spike. 'When you have an acute situation, extraordinary number of cases like we have in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to give vaccine,' she said. 'The answer to that is to really close thing downs, to back to our basic, to go back to where we were last spring, last summer... to flatten the curve, to decrease contact with one another, to test to the extent that we have available, to contact trace.'  SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  During a press briefing on Monday, CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky (pictured) said Michigan needs to shut down again in light...
    It’s a funny business being a White House aide-de-camp. One day you are charged with carrying the president’s “nuclear football,” the sturdy briefcase carrying all the codes and information he needs to authorize a strike when he is away from the White House. The next you are dressed as the Easter Bunny. On Friday, Lt. Col. Brandon Westling, an Air Force aide to the president, was spotted walking to Marine One carrying the 45-pound briefcase that accompanies President Joe Biden wherever he travels. On Easter Monday, the White House said he was carrying out a rather different duty as the Easter Bunny. “Thank you for joining us today,” Biden said on the balcony of the White House South Portico as he introduced his fluffy sidekick, kitted out with a mask as required by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. “We have a special guest you can see to my left here.” HOW THE WHITE HOUSE PROTECTS AMERICA'S OLDEST PRESIDENT This year should have marked the 143rd year of the White House Easter egg roll, with some 30,000 children and...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki is scheduled to hold the daily White House briefing with reporters at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. The briefing comes the same day President Joe Biden is scheduled to hold his first full Cabinet meeting in the East Room of the White House, and a day after he outlined his administration’s “American Jobs Act.” The $2 trillion package, which would need to pass Congress, is focused on jobs, infrastructure, and green energy. “This is not a plan that tinkers around the edges,” Biden said in a Wednesday speech announcing the proposal. “It is a once-in-a-generation investment in America, unlike anything we’ve done since we built the Interstate Highway System and the Space Race.” Watch above via the White House. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Dr. Deborah Birx, who served as the response coordinator on the Trump White House’s coronavirus task force, said she can’t leave the notorious disinfectant injection incident behind her. “Frankly, I didn't know how to handle that episode,” Birx said Monday on ABC News Live’s The Breakdown, adding, “I still think about it every day.” The incident involved then-President Donald Trump suggesting in April of last year that disinfectant could potentially be injected into the body to kill the coronavirus. DEBORAH BIRX JOINS BUSH INSTITUTE AND AIR PURIFIER MAKER “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” Trump said at the time. “And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning because, you see, it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.” Trump’s comments, which he insisted were...
    Former White House Press Secretary and Fox News contributor Kayleigh McEnany told "The Story" on Monday that she warned the press corps in the final days of the Trump administration that the suddenly rare appearances by Donald Trump would be a primer for how the Biden administration would interact with the media. MCENANY: I actually warned some of the reporters there in the press corps. In the waning days of the Trump administration, he didn't do as much press availabilities every day as he walked to [Marine One] or those press conferences.  I said to the correspondents, 'You're getting a little taste of what it will be like in the Biden administration.' I said I wouldn't expect to see much of him. We haven't. We're still waiting on that solo press conference, we're still waiting for the day, apparently by the end of the month. WATCH THE CLIP HEREThis article was written by Fox News staff.