Politico: Obama downplays tarmac altercation in China
President Barack Obama "wouldn't over-crank the significance" of the altercations between Chinese and White House officials over press access that greeted Air Force One on Saturday after landing in Hangzhou, China, for the G20 summit.
At a press conference with British Prime Minister Therese May, Obama said this is not the first time there has been issues with security and press access. The president said the U.S. provides different access to the press pool that "other countries may not insist on."
"We don't leave our values and ideals behind when we take these trips," he said. "It can cause some friction. It's not the first time it's happened. It doesn't just happen in China, it happens in other countries where we travel."
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Update #1: Obama downplays alleged diplomatic snub by China (USA Today)
Update #2: Obama downplays tarmac row between US, China officials at G20 summit (FOX News)
WNU Editor: He can downplay it all that he wants .... and ramble about it to the press corps (see above video) .... but he knows that there was no red carpet for him (others got the red carpet), and how National Security adviser Susan Rice was treated is unprecedented in U.S. - Chinese relations and a clear signal to him from the Chinese of disrespect (which is a big thing to the Chinese).
Update #3: Barack Obama 'deliberately snubbed' by Chinese in chaotic arrival at G20 (The Guardian).