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Tensions Rise at White House Briefing — Reporter Angrily Insists: 'I Don't Like Being Discredited'

Tensions Rise at White House Briefing — Reporter Angrily Insists: 'I Don't Like Being Discredited'

Tuesday at the White House press briefing, American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) White House correspondent April Ryan got into a heated exchange with White House press secretary Josh Earnest when she was trying to ask about China’s responsibility to help with the Ebola outbreak considering their large economy.

The problem began when Ryan pointed to the recent announcement from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that China just surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy. But many economists have disputed the claim because it was based on a “Purchasing Power Parity” (PPP) basis not Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which is is about 50 percent higher in the U.S.

Earnest refused to concede the point as Ryan insisted the IMF had made the statement, crossed her arms in frustration, sighed loudly and said, “I don’t like being discredited.” 

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