(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is sometimes known for his sarcastic responses and tough exterior during press briefings.
But according to a White House pool report from President Obama's trip to India, it was the security for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, not the press, who were in a standoff with Gibbs.
The altercation escalated, and when security refused to let the reporters through, Gibbs threatened to pull the president from his meeting.
Indian security attempted to lower the previously agreed upon number of reporters allowed into a photo op of the meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Singh from eight members of the press to five.
Security ignored requests by other officials and the reporters until Gibbs stepped in and said "loudly and persistently" he would pull the president unless the group of reporters, dubbed the "White House Eight," were allowed to go into the meeting.
"At one point, Gibbs literally had his foot lodged in the closing front door, asking if the Indian security officials pushing hard to shut it were going to break his foot," the pool reporter said.
Although the argument continued, the group was eventually allowed to enter the room and photograph the leaders.