U.S. White House briefing normalizes… Eliminates vacancies in 15 months

[아시아경제 뉴욕=백종민 특파원] The White House briefing room in the United States will be filled with no vacancy in 15 months since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Reporters who attended the regular White House briefing held on the 4th are sitting without a mask and practicing social distancing.

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White House Spokesperson Jen Saki said in an interview with CNN on the 6th (local time) that regular White House briefings will be held without social distancing from the 7th.

“The normalization of the briefing room shows that we are no longer afraid,” Saki said.

The White House briefing was conducted with a significant reduction in attendance after the COVID-19 outbreak. Recently, in accordance with the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he has been briefing without a mask and easing the distance between them. A spokesperson for Saki continued to suggest that briefing room distancing would be further relaxed.

As attendance at the White House briefing eases, debates with conservative media critics of the Biden administration are expected to increase. In response, Saki said, “We believe in freedom of speech,” and said he was willing to accept the argument.

Even if the White House briefing room is normalized, it is expected that it will be difficult to meet President Joe Biden here. “President Biden answers a number of questions every week and does not shy away from contacting reporters,” Saki said.

Biden has only held one official press conference since taking office. Instead, President Biden has been answering questions from reporters at the White House on the move and before and after official events.

Former President Donald Trump had a long verbal battle with reporters every day in the briefing room due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


New York = Correspondent Baek Jong-min [email protected]


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