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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Holds Press Conference In Saudi Arabia Without U.S. Journalists: Reports

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Holds Press Conference In Saudi Arabia Without U.S. Journalists: Reports

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday without inviting a single U.S. reporter, according to multiple reports.

U.S. reporters tweeted that they had not been told about the press conference in Riyadh, according to their tweets.




The Hill adds:

After reports came out about that briefing, the White House announced Tillerson will hold a brief gaggle on Monday on Air Force One, according to pool reports.

The State Department also provided reporters a transcript of the questions and Tillerson’s responses, alongside Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.




Tillerson has previously said he is “not a big media press access person.”

“I personally don’t need it. … When we’re ready to talk about what we’re trying to do, I will be available to talk to people. But doing daily availability, I don’t have this appetite or hunger to be that,” Tillerson said during a March interview.

He added: “When I have something important and useful to say, I know where everybody is and I know how to go out there and say it.”

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