Angelina Jolie poses for pictures at Jen Psaki's lectern during surprise White ...

Angelina Jolie poses for pictures at Jen Psaki's lectern during surprise White ...
Angelina Jolie poses for pictures at Jen Psaki's lectern during surprise White ...

Angelina Jolie surprised reporters at the White House on Wednesday by making an unscheduled appearance in the briefing room.

Her visit was unannounced and only a handful of reporters were around to capture the moment she posed at Press Secretary Jen Psaki's lectern. 

She joked with journalists in the briefing room as they shouted questions about her visit to Washington.  

'I feel like I walked into a press conference,' she said.

'I've had good bipartisan meetings, so that's encouraging.'  

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The 46-year-old star arrived at the White House a day after visiting Capitol Hill where she thanked officers who lost their colleagues after defending politicians from the insurrection during the January 6 riot, as she advocated for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. 

On Wednesday, she met with Psaki and other White House officials before being offered a quick peek at the briefing room. 

'It feels just like it should feel, feels very serious,' she said as she took up position on the podium.  

Movie star Angelina Jolie posed for pictures on the White House briefing room podium on Wednesday during a surprise visit. 'It feels just like it should feel, feels very serious,' she said

Movie star Angelina Jolie posed for pictures on the White House briefing room podium on Wednesday during a surprise visit. 'It feels just like it should feel, feels very serious,' she said

Jolie surprised reporters when she appeared in the White House briefing room amid meetings to advocate for the Violence Against Women Act

Jolie surprised reporters when she appeared in the White House briefing room amid meetings to advocate for the Violence Against Women Act

She took a few questions from reporters during her brief appearance. 'I feel like I walked into a press conference,' she said, before saying she had had a good series of meetings

 She took a few questions from reporters during her brief appearance. 'I feel like I walked into a press conference,' she said, before saying she had had a good series of meetings

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed she had met Jolie on Wednesday morning

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed she had met Jolie on Wednesday morning

She said she wanted to highlight a health crisis facing families and find a less adversarial way to promote protection of women and children. 

A spokesperson for Jolie said she was in Washington to further her campaign work.

'UNHCR Special Envoy is in D.C. for a second day meeting with senior White House and Department of Justice officials, and senators to continue to advocate for the rights of women and children and health in families,' said the spokesperson in a statement to NBC.

'In her meetings she will talk about the importance of the VAWA reauthorization, FBI reforms, judicial training and health equity including non-biased forensic evidence collection.' 

On Tuesday Jolie took the opportunity to thank Capitol Officer Harry Dunn, who testified in Congress after he was called racial slurs and physically assaulted during the insurrection. 

A picture of Jolie standing next to Dunn was shared on Twitter

Dunn lost fellow officer Brian Sicknick, who suffered two strokes a day after keeping rioters from entering the Capitol and harming lawmakers. 

Four other officers who were on duty during the riot in January died by suicide after defending the site.

Officers Gunther Hashida, Jeffrey Smith, Howard Liebengood, and Kyle deFreytag took their lives in the months after the attack.  

Jolie also met with Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer to talk about the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, but lapsed in 2019. 

Angelina Jolie visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday and met with Senators. Jolie also took the opportunity to thank Officer Harry Dunn, who was on the Capitol during the January 6 riot

Angelina Jolie visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday and met with Senators. Jolie also took the opportunity to thank Officer Harry Dunn, who was on the Capitol during the January 6 riot 

0fficer Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes a day after keeping rioters from entering the Capitol and harming lawmakers

0fficer Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes a day after keeping rioters from entering the Capitol and

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