White House Forced To Defend US Reporter Manhandled By Chinese Aide

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At a glance

  • White House aides had to step in and help a U.S. television producer who was being manhandled by someone who appeared to be a Chinese staffer before President Joe Biden’s first in-person meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • ABC White House producer Molly Nagle shouted at Biden after he and Xi provided their opening remarks, asking the president whether he would raise human rights issues during his three-hour discussion with Xi on the sidelines of the Group of 20 leaders summit in Bali, Indonesia.
  • “Instantly, a man from the Chinese side — he was wearing a white Covid mask with a Chinese flag on it — yanked the producer backwards by the backpack,” Agence France-Presse pool reporter Sebastian Smith wrote Monday night local time.
  • “She lost balance without falling and was pushed toward the door,” he added. “Two White House staff members intervened saying the producer should be left alone.”

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