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Kamala Harris DISASTER – reporter physically targeted by security!

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Vice President Kamala Harris met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Jakarta, and there was an incident involving a reporter who was targeted by security — apparently, foreign countries are not accustomed to members of the media acting like jackals in screaming out questions to government officials.

As the press pool was being ushered out of Wednesday’s meeting, Indonesian security officials converged on Voice of America (VOA) White House bureau chief Patsy Widakuswara after she shouted out questions directed at Harris and Widodo — the reporter asked the Indonesian president whether he was disappointed that President Joe Biden was not present at the summit.

Officials from the vice president’s office reportedly tried to settle the drama by “reasoning” with security.

“It was tense, but I didn’t feel anxious or panicked or anything like that, because I knew that I was just doing my job,” Widakuswara told VOA. ”And I also knew that the VP’s office would stand by me. I just stood my ground.”

Widakuswara was reportedly surrounded by Indonesian security officials outside and told to leave because she shouted out the questions. The reporter said she was also banned from entering any other events.

WATCH HERE

“They blocked me, placed their hands on me, one female officer leaned her body against me,” she detailed in a series of posts on X.

Sung Y. Kim, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines, eventually got involved and Widakuswara said an Indonesian officer would apologize after they exited the summit hall, and that they shook hands after she “told him about the American press tradition.”

WATCH HERE

The reporter also expressed “gratitude” to the vice president’s team  — the X thread can be seen here:

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