The White House Press Corps, a group of journalists that are assigned to cover all news related to the POTUS, had no idea that this would be happening, leaving them scrambling to adjust their travel arrangements.
Prior to the trip — which was officially announced on August 28 — journalists who had been assigned to cover the G-20 conference in India faced a "logistical nightmare" in trying to determine when and where they needed to be in Vietnam and rushing to arrange an expensive charter flight.
Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked if the surprising decision to move the president's conference from New Delhi to Hanoi was a result of "issues around press freedom and press access" in India.
"I wouldn’t go that far. I think it’s just that it was easier… it was a logistical piece," Jean-Pierre replied. "It’s easier to do, it was just easier to do it in Vietnam … these types of summits happen, the G20 summits happen, it is all-consuming, all hands on deck. And it was just logistically easier to do it there."
"It wouldn’t have changed anything because it would have just been the president doing a solo press conference," she added. "So, instead of doing it in India, he’s going to be doing it in Hanoi."
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Jean-Pierre also confirmed that Biden still planned to return to the U.S. in time to mark the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, clarifying that he would be doing that in Alaska this year.
"He plans to honor the lives lost and the families and loved ones who still feel the pain of the terrible day," she continued. "This is something he feels is very important to do. We can only imagine the heartbreak and the pain that the 9/11 families have felt every day for the past 22 years."
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Politico reported the White House Press Corps concerns.