American press left out of Biden meeting with Turkish leader

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center left, greets U.S. President Joe Biden, center right, during a plenary session during a NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Monday, June 14, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden is taking part in his first NATO summit, where the 30-nation alliance hopes to reaffirm its unity and discuss increasingly tense relations with China and Russia, as the organization pulls its troops out after 18 years in Afghanistan. (Brendan Smialowski, Pool via AP)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center left, greets U.S. President Joe Biden, center right, during a plenary session during a NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Monday, June 14, 2021. (Brendan Smialowski, Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 7:02 AM PT – Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Joe Biden’s first meeting with his Turkish counterpart was overshadowed by its lack of transparency. Members of the American press are still looking for answers after getting shut out of a bilateral meeting between Biden and Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels on Monday.

Some reporters took to social media to express their frustration while noting they were excluded from the event for more than an hour. On the other hand, Turkish media was allowed in while American media was not given an explanation for getting shunned.

When U.S. media was finally let in to the meeting, Biden didn’t share details on what was discussed. The incident has sparked concerns about Biden’s commitment to transparency and freedom of the press.

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