Today News Africa journalist Simon Ateba on Fox News accused White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, who interrupted the briefing after an argument with him, of discriminating against African reporters.
“I can confirm that the level of discrimination against me, African journalists in the White House is astonishing, ugly,” a Today News Africa journalist said, noting that African reporters in the White House had not been able to ask the press secretary a question for three months.
“It’s shocking because she is a black immigrant, I am also a black immigrant. She should be ashamed of herself for doing this,” Ateba regrets.
On Thursday, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre walked out of the briefing room after arguing with Ateba, who asked “why is it so hard to give an opportunity to ask a question about the US-Africa summit.” After the journalist asked again to ask the question, Jean-Pierre countered that she “tried to answer, but she was not allowed.” After another request from the reporter to ask a question, the press secretary said goodbye and left the briefing room.