The White House on Wednesday night appeared to blame Boris Johnson for chaotic scenes at his meeting with Joe Biden in the Oval Office.
American journalists lodged a formal complaint with the White House after Mr Johnson took questions from British reporters, some of which were addressed to, and answered by, the US President.
When US journalists tried to follow up with questions the entire group of press was ushered out by communications team aides known as “wranglers”.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, was asked why US reporters were not allowed to ask questions of their president when British journalists were.
She pinned the blame on Mr Johnson for not informing her White House communications team in advance that he intended to take questions during his appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Biden .
Ms Psaki said: “I think our relationship with the United Kingdom and Prime Minister Johnson is so strong and abiding we will be able to move forward beyond this.
“But he [Mr Johnson] called on individuals from his press corps without alerting us to that intention in advance.”
Ms Psaki smiled as she made the comments.
It was unclear whether they amounted to a joke, or a minor rebuke of Mr Johnson, or both.
She added: “I think the president has not spent a minute worrying about it.”
The journalists were ushered out as Mr Johnson was still speaking about the Good Friday Agreement.
"On that point, Joe, we are completely at one. And I think nobody wants to see anything that interrupts or un-balances the Belfast Good Friday…" Mr Johnson was saying before “wranglers” began shouting over him.
They shut down a shouted question from a US reporter about the current migrant crisis on the Mexico border, preventing Mr Biden's response from being audible.
Later, careful analysis of a tape recording suggested that Mr Biden had responded “Violence is not justified…” before tailing off as aides yelled "Thank you" and "Let's go".
The White House Correspondents Association, which represents journalists in their dealings with the administration, lodged a formal complaint with Ms Psaki.
Steve Portnoy of US network CBS, who is president of the association, said in the complaint that "wranglers loudly shouted over the president as he seemed to give an answer”.
After taking the complaint to Ms Psaki’s office Mr Portnoy said: “Psaki was unaware that the incident has occurred and suggested that she was not in a position to offer an immediate solution.”
“Not great, folks," Seung-Min Kim, a reporter for the Washington Post, said. “A chaotic scene in the Oval Office today," added Andrew Restuccia, a White House reporter at The Wall Street Journal.
Mr Biden has faced criticism throughout his presidency, and his presidential campaign, that he is reluctant to engage with the press.
He holds the record for the longest wait to hold a formal press conference since being sworn in as president, a total of 64 days.
Recently, he responded to a question from a prominent US television journalist by saying “You are such a pain in the neck…”
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Mr Johnson and the president were united as they shared anecdotes about the Amtrak service from New York to Washington in the Oval Office on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister had hopped aboard the service to travel from the UN General Assembly for the White House.
“They love you,” Mr Johnson said to Mr Biden, seemingly referring to the US railway staff. “Well, they should,” replied Mr Biden.
Mr Biden famously rode Amtrak almost daily between his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington during his 36 years as a US senator. He rode the rails when he was vice-president, too.
The president seized upon the opportunity to resurrect a tale about an Amtrak conductor who, he claims, congratulated him for journeying more than two million miles on the train – despite discrepancies in the tale emerging in the past.
Mr Biden first told the story at an event for the 50th anniversary of Amtrak. But Angelo Negri, the conductor he identified, died at the age of 83 in 2014 – two years before Mr Biden achieved the mileston in 2016.
And an online obituary for Mr Negri states that the train conductor retired in 1993, while Mr Biden was still a US senator.
In the May speech, Mr Biden claimed the record was 1.5 million, not the 2 million mentioned on Tuesday.
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