State Department spokesman Ned Price confronted a reporter during a press conference at the White House on Monday.
The administration’s efforts to roll back the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany erupted as tense currency erupted in value.
Price said 18 mostly Western companies “fanned good-bad efforts” for their involvement with Nord Stream 2.
“It shows that legislative goals and our actions are having a good effect,” Price said of bipartisan American opposition to the project dating back to former President Donald Trump’s time.
Associated Press reporter Matt Lee then took part in it.
“You guys have only been in the office for a month, haven’t you? Are you telling me that in the last four weeks these 18 companies suddenly decided to say, ‘Oh my God! We are not doing anything better with Nord Stream 2, ”Lee said.
“You are taking credit for the stuff done by the previous administration. Yes or no? “
Price and Lee spoke to each other for several seconds, before a State Department spokesman was able to say that he was speaking only on behalf of those who represent the department.
“The people who are working on it, the people who are doing this right now, were the same people a month ago, the same people three months ago.”
With post wires