Obama’s ex-press secretary calls BS on Sarah Sanders excuse for Trump skipping questions in China
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders (Screenshot)

President Donald Trump declined to take questions from reporters during his first state visit to China -- and a former White House press secretary called out the official excuse as baloney.

The last three presidents each fielded questions from the media alongside their Chinese counterparts, but Trump declined to do so -- and his press secretary offered an explanation.

“It was at the Chinese insistence there were no questions today,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary.

NBC News political director Chuck Todd pointed out on Twitter that previous press secretaries demanded press conferences while on official state visits to China.

Jay Carney, who served as White House press secretary under former President Barack Obama, called out Sanders for failing to get Trump in front of reporters over Chinese objections.

Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, did not take any questions from reporters Thursday at an event described as a news briefing, and the president has largely stayed away from reporters during his heavily choreographed visit to China.