Both Joe and Jill Biden chewed the press on Friday night over coverage of the Summit of the Americas being held this week in Los Angeles, according to reports by radio journalist Patsy Widakuswara with Voice of America. Earlier in the week, Joe Biden complained to reporters about media coverage during an off-the-record meeting on Air Force One on the flight to Los Angeles.
The summit was boycotted by the leaders of Mexico and several other Central American countries, (again) catching the White House off guard.
Joe and Jill Biden at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, June 9 Photo of the White House via Twitter.
Widakuswara posted on Twitter, “[email protected] seemed unhappy with media coverage of #SummitoftheAmericas. He looked at us and said, “I would like them to come back and question all the heads of state. He said there was “overwhelming support for what we’re trying to do by holding the whole hemisphere together… @FLOTUS said the @nytimes article on #SummitAmericas was ‘so unfair’ because at dinner” every leader came up to Joe and said, ‘what a difference you’ve made. It’s so good that you’re here. It’s so great that we work together. And that’s what all the spouses told me.
.@POTUS seemed unhappy with the media coverage of #SummitoftheAmericas. He looked at us and said “I wish they would come back and interview all the heads of state.” He said there was “overwhelming support for what we’re trying to do by holding the whole hemisphere together”.
— Patsy Widakuswara (@pwidakuswara) June 11, 2022
.@FLOTUS said @NYTimes article on #SummitAmericas was “so unfair” because at dinner “all the leaders came up to Joe and said, ‘What a difference you’ve made. It’s so good that you’re here. It’s so great that we work together. And that’s what all the spouses told me.” https://t.co/FrC2kme71D
— Patsy Widakuswara (@pwidakuswara) June 11, 2022
—Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) June 11, 2022
Politico reported on Wednesday on Joe Biden’s off-the-record session with reporters (excerpt):
JOE BIDEN doesn’t do a lot of off-the-record talk with reporters. So the traveling White House press corps was surprised and intrigued when the president dropped by the press section of Air Force One for one such session with them during a recent trip to the West Coast.
But Biden wasn’t just there to answer questions. He had his own message to deliver. According to several people familiar with the off-the-record session, he spent much of his time with reporters criticizing the quality and content of media coverage of his administration.
The president and his family are growing increasingly frustrated at not receiving the kind of generally more positive coverage they think he deserves – that too often the focus is on staff turnover and low poll numbers and not on a robust job market and America’s relatively strong economic recovery.
The White House released a promotional video for the summit.
It is an honor to welcome leaders from across the Western Hemisphere to the Ninth Summit of the Americas. pic.twitter.com/qdM4h6zJkM
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 10, 2022
We are all connected, especially in the Americas.
Joe and I are thrilled to have the leaders and their wives join us in beautiful Los Angeles for the Summit of the Americas. pic.twitter.com/nq2Vhjwjnm
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) June 9, 2022
Jill Biden with spouses she said had nothing but praise for her husband.
— TV Film Music News (@TVFilmMusicNews) June 11, 2022
Excerpt from CNN report Wednesday about the boycott:
Rebuffs from top leaders at Summit of the Americas reveal Biden’s struggle to assert American leadership in his neighborhood
The Mexican president’s decision to boycott this week’s summit for regional leaders in Los Angeles has rendered months of work by President Joe Biden and other top officials to convince him to attend useless.
Today, key Central American nations are following President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s lead, sending only lower-level delegates instead of their leaders. And by the time Biden arrives at the summit on Wednesday, questions about the event’s invitation list and attendees will have obscured his larger purpose, a source of frustration for administration officials who weren’t necessarily expecting the event. disorder.
The decision by several countries to stay away from the Southern California rally, a protest against Biden’s decision not to invite three regional autocrats, underscored the struggle to exert American influence in a region that is is fractured politically and struggling economically.
… Yet the absences of the presidents of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are still notable as the United States has worked to cultivate these leaders as partners on immigration, an issue that looms as a political responsibility for Biden.
… And the White House has insisted the president believes the autocratic leaders of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua should not be invited to participate – even if it means widening divisions with other countries in the region .
Earlier Friday Biden announced migration deal (from White House transcript):
The Los Angeles Declaration is built around four fundamental pillars:
First, stability and assistance: ensuring that communities hosting refugees can afford to care for them, educate them about education, medical care, shelter and opportunities for ‘use.
Second, increase avenues for legal migration across the region as well as protections for refugees.
Third, work together to build more humane and coordinated border management systems.
And finally, making sure we work together to respond to emergencies.
You know, we know that safe, orderly and legal migration is good for all our economies. But we must put an end to the dangerous and illegal methods of migrating people – and the dangerous methods.
Illegal migration is not acceptable, and we will secure our borders, in particular through innovative and coordinated actions with our regional partners.
Working these efforts simultaneously, however – humane policies that secure borders and support people – represent revolutionary new and integrated approaches. It responds to the needs of vulnerable migrants and the needs of the countries receiving these migrants. This is why it enjoys the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration. And that is why so many nations – again, 20, representing the entire migration route from Chile to Canada – were eager to sign up to be part of this shared solution and stepped up their own major commitments.
More on the deal from Fox News reporter Adam Shaw, “Among the migration-related commitments announced by the United States today: – 22,500 H-2B visas for Central America/Haiti, – 20,000 refugees from the Americas in fiscal year 23/24 – Increasing “reunification” progs for Cuba/Haiti migrants
– $314 million in aid for refugees in the region”
Among the migration-related commitments announced today by the United States:
– 22,500 H-2B visas to Central America/Haiti,
– 20,000 refugees from the Americas in fiscal year 23/24
– Increase “reunification” programs for Cuba/Haiti migrants
– $314 million in aid for refugees in the region https://t.co/SgG6H6oW2V
— Adam Shaw (@AdamShawNY) June 11, 2022