During the end of G20 summit press conference, President Biden was given a list of reporters to call on

President Joe Biden gave a press conference at the conclusion of the G20 summit in Rome on Sunday, and he appeared to rely on a cheat sheet of 'pre-approved' reporters once again.

Biden discussed climate change goals with a number of foreign leaders ahead of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will take place this week in Glasgow, Scotland.

The president appeared to be utilizing a pre-determined list of correspondents to call on as he opened the floor to questions at the opening of the press conference.

'And now I'm happy to take some questions. And I'm told I should start with AP, Zeke Miller,' Biden said. 

 
President Biden was given a reporter list to call upon during Sunday's presser
President Biden was given a reporter list to call upon during Sunday's presser

It's hardly the first time Biden has worked with a hand-picked group of journalists.

During a visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva in June, he used a similar tactic.

'I'll take your questions, and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I'm going to call on,' Biden explained to the press.

And in August , following the the Kabul terror attacks in Afghanistan that led to the the death of more than a dozen servicemen, the order of journalists allowed to ask questions of the president was hand selected.  

'Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O'Donnell from NBC,' Biden said.

The Associated Press, The Washington Post, NBC News, Reuters, and Bloomberg News appear to be the administration's preferred news sources.

Biden has been known to scream at journalists who have asked questions out of turn or yelled them over the din of the news conference.

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