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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre shouted down a reporter during a press briefing after the reporter was outraged for not being called on to ask a question.

The incident occurred at the end of the briefing when Jean-Pierre was called on another reporter to ask a final question.

The frustrated reporter erupted, shouting her own questions over Jean-Pierre’s protests.

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“I was supposed to go to Chris in the back and I skipped him, so I’m going to go back to him,” Jean-Pierre said, prompting the shouts.

“I’ve been asking you a question for a long time,” the second reporter said as the first attempted to begin his question.

Jean-Pierre then cut her off, saying, “You’re not being respectful.” “Go ahead,” she added, gesturing toward the reporter she called on.

The other reporter persisted, however, continuing to yell that she had been attempting to ask a question for “more than a week.”

“Respect your colleagues. Respect your colleagues,” Jean-Pierre responded. “I’m sorry, Chris, you’re going to have to start from the beginning because there was some disrespect happening.”

The female reporter once again shouted over her colleague’s question.

“You’re being disrespectful,” Jean-Pierre repeated.

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This is just the latest occasion that members of the White House press pool have expressed frustration with Jean-Pierre, who took over for Jen Psaki earlier this year.

Last month, several reporters complained that Jean-Pierre often gives “non-answers” or says outright that the White House has no comment on the news of the day.

“She is poorly received as she isn’t taking time to answer questions or banter with reporters on the issues of the day,” one White House reporter said at the time. “A press secretary has to share some information, kind of a give and take, but she just doesn’t appear willing to do that yet. … Too often, she is telling reporters that she ‘has nothing from the podium’ to say, which is a waste of everyone’s time.”

“If your M.O. is going to be reading prepared answers, you should have a lot of prepared answers so that you’re not just deferring to reporters constantly,” a current White House reporter told Fox News Digital.

Even when being interviewed by CNN host Don lemon she appeared to be astonished when he asked about the president’s stamina.

CNN’s Don Lemon flat-out asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if President Joe Biden has the “stamina, physically and mentally” to run for a second term in 2024.

Currently, Biden is 79 years old. He would be 82 years old on Inauguration Day 2025 if he were to run again and win.

“Don! You’re asking me this question! Oh my gosh, he’s the president of the United States! You know, he — I can’t even keep up with him,” Jean-Pierre declared. “We just got back from New Mexico. We just got back from California. Uh, that is — I, I, that is — that is not a question that we should be even asking. Just look at the work that he does. Just look at how he’s delivering for the American public.”

“The obvious frustration is that Karine is by the book, literally by the book,” the first White House reporter said to Fox News. “And that means that unless your question has some pre-prepared response in that book, you’re probably not going to get anything new out of her. I’m not sure if that’s a deliberate strategy by this administration to focus the conversation or limit it, but unless she is prepared and has a prepared response, you’re not going to get much out of her. At this point, on some of the more hot button topics, I mean, we’re always parsing answers, but now we’re parsing non-answers as well.”

“I don’t want to give anyone advice, but I think that if she wasn’t prepared to do a give-and-take on any of these issues, you know, there’s a way for her to speed up and learn about all of these issues so that she can, you know, mix it up with reporters. I’m not certain if that’s something that the White House wants right now, though, because remember, Jen Psaki’s parting advice to Karine was ‘don’t worry too much about winning the argument in the room’,” the reporter said.





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