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Video: Irish-born reporter interrupts Barack Obama at press conference

UCD-educated Neil Munro took issue with the US president’s immigration policy at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden this afternoon.

Neil Munro pictured in the White House Rose Garden this afternoon.
Neil Munro pictured in the White House Rose Garden this afternoon.
Image: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP/Press Association Images

AN IRISH-BORN reporter interrupted US President Barack Obama as he gave a speech on his administration’s changes to immigration policy at the White House today.

Neil Munro from the Daily Caller, a former UCD student, interrupted Obama during a speech in which he outlined his administration’s change of policy which would allow children of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.

According to Politico, Munro shouted at Obama during his speech in the White House Rose Garden: ”Why’d you favour foreigners over Americans?”

Obama responded that it was “not time for questions” before Munro asked: “Are you going to take questions?”

“Not while I’m speaking.” Obama responded before later addressing Munro’s earlier question when he had finished his prepared remarks:

In answer to your question, sir — and the next time I’d prefer you’d let me finish my statement before you ask that question — is this is the right thing to do for the American people.

After he walked away from the podium, according to NPR, Munro, with a distinct Irish accent, can be heard shouting: “What about American workers who are unemployed, while you employ foreigners?”

Watch:


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In a statement issued later, Munro said he thought Obama had finished his remarks “because naturally I have no intention of interrupting the President of the United States.”

“I know he rarely takes questions before walking away from the podium. When I asked the question as he finished his speech, he turned his back on the many reporters, and walked away while I and at least one other reporter asked questions,” he added.

On his Twitter profile, Munro describes himself as “Born Irish, then became a Cold War bridegroom”. His LinkedIn profile describes him as the White House correspondent for The Daily Caller.

It also states that he has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, History and Economics from University College Dublin as well as an MA in Military History from King’s College in London.

Read: US to stop deporting young illegal immigrants

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