The White House Correspondents Association has been banned from covering Naomi Biden’s wedding.
Naomi Biden, President Biden’s eldest granddaughter, will marry her fiancé, Peter Neal, at the White House on Saturday. The White House broke with tradition and stopped reporting the event through a pool of reporters.
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“White House weddings have been reported by the press throughout history, and the first family’s desire for privacy must be balanced against the public’s interest in an event at the People’s House with the President as an attendee,” the White House Correspondents Association said in a statement Saturday.
The Correspondents’ Association said it tried to negotiate access to the event for a small circle of licensed journalists, but was denied.
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“The WHCA has advocated allowing a small pool of journalists to cover part of the wedding. Our request for coverage was denied and we are deeply disappointed that the White House has decided to keep this event completely closed to the press,” the statement continued.
The ceremony will take place on the South Lawn of the White House. The event is expected to be outfitted with intense security measures to keep public snooping at bay.
Although uncommon, White House wedding ceremonies are not uncommon. There have been 18 such weddings in US history, the first in 1812 and the last in 2013 between White House official photographer Pete Souza and his wife Patti Lease. according to the White House Historical Association.
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Naomi Biden, 28, is a Washington-area attorney and has had a large presence in the president’s private life.
She is the daughter of Hunter Biden and Kathleen Buhle – her parents divorced in 2017.
The wedding marks the first time a member of the White House’s first family has married since Tricia Nixon, the daughter of President Richard Nixon, in 1971.
Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.