A White House pool TV producer was knocked off balance and pushed by a man wearing a white mask with the Chinese flag on it as she asked President Biden whether he would talk human rights in his upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Indonesia.
The man “instantly” moved to yank the producer “backwards by the backpack,” causing her to lose balance, according to a Monday pool report from AFP’s Sebastian Smith.
The producer, who had asked her question as press were being ushered from the room, was then pushed towards the door, but two White House staff members stepped in to say she should be left alone, according to the report.
NBC News identified the producer as ABC News’ Molly Nagle. In a separate pool report shared by the network, Nagle added that the man, “a member of the Chinese group,” also shouted at her as she was pulled backwards.
The Hill has reached out to ABC News for more.
Biden met with Xi on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Bali, Indonesia, the first face-to-face meeting between the two world leaders.
The pair were expected to discuss key topics in the US-China relationship, including recent tensions over Taiwan, global challenges to address climate change and human rights concerns.
The US was among 50 countries in the United Nations General Assembly express concern over Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, China.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights found that Beijing’s actions against in Xinjiang may constitute “crimes against humanity.”