When President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, one credentialed journalist apparently couldn’t wait to ask his question.
A reporter, affiliating himself with the self-described “progressive” magazine The Nation, held up a sign to try to get Trump and Putin’s attention and ask a question about a treaty banning nuclear weapons tests:
NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell says that a man, apparently a reporter with The Nation, was removed from the Trump-Putin press conference after heckling.
The man returned to collect his belongings, held up a sign and was then forcibly removed from the room. (video via CBS) pic.twitter.com/QOE1fbXa2Q
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 16, 2018
Sam Husseini — who identified himself as a journalist from The Nation — was escorted out by secret service moments before the press conference in Helsinki pic.twitter.com/QXZJqBcst5
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) July 16, 2018
Reporter from The Nation being escorted by security at the Trump-Putin Helsinki presser because he was holding a sign about nuclear testing. Guards forcibly grabbing him and dragging him from the room pic.twitter.com/55VhxdrcPp
— Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) July 16, 2018
Some identified the writer as Sam Husseini, the communications director for the Institute for Public Accuracy, who only had one story from last year.
The Secret Service showed him the door
Despite Husseini resisting, the Secret Service escorted him out of the room.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) July 16, 2018
— TAP ALERTS (@TAPAlerts) July 16, 2018
Husseini, an op-ed writer, carried a sign that read “Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty,” an apparent reference to the 1963 treaty signed between former President John F. Kennedy and the former Soviet Union.
The agreement banned above-ground nuclear weapons tests in the atmosphere, outer space, and underwater. Major world powers later negotiated a “Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,” which the United States signed but never ratified.