“Biden campaign boots reporter off Wall Street fundraising call”
May 22, 2020 | 3:33pm | Updated May 22, 2020 | 3:53pm
NBC News pool reporter Marianna Sotomayor said she listened to Biden’s opening remarks but was “quickly kicked off the phone call” once he opened the forum for questions, Fox News reported.
“The last thing your pooler heard was Biden thanking donors and saying he was ‘open to questions’ before a voice said ‘goodbye,’” she wrote.
She added that her report was “written based just on his opening remarks because your pooler was quickly kicked off the phone call when Biden said he was ready to take questions from any of the 25 donors present.”
The abrupt end of the call raised speculation about transparency.
Rufus Gifford, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement that “tonight’s event was a new format as we enter a new phase of the general election campaign.”
The Trump campaign took to Twitter to criticize the former vice president’s campaign’s move.
“Joe Biden held a virtual video fundraiser tonight with wealthy Wall Street donors,” the campaign wrote.
“But reporters weren’t allowed to see the video or know the identity of the donors. And the Biden campaign kicked the reporters off the phone before Biden started to answer questions.”
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