President Donald Trump abruptly ended his White House press conference on Monday after CBS News continued his combined exchange with journalists Weijia Jiang and CNN Kaitlan Collins.
President Donald Trump abruptly ended the White House press conference after a combined exchange of views with CBS News reporters with Weijia Jiang and CNN Kaitlan Collins.
Jiang asked Trump why he put so much emphasis on the amount of coronavirus tests that were conducted in the United States.
– Why does it matter? Jiang asked. “Why is this global competition for you when everyday Americans are still losing their lives and we see more cases every day?”
Trump replied, “They’re losing their lives all over the world. And that’s probably the question China has to ask. Don’t ask. Ask China that question.”
He called for another question and did not receive an immediate answer.
“Sir, why are you telling me this?” Jiang asked. Jiang, who has worked for CBS News since 2015, was born in Xiamen, China, and emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 2.
Trump said he would say “anyone who asks a nasty question.”
“This is not a nasty question,” Jiang said. – Why does it matter?
Trump asked another question again, then said, “Nah, that’s okay,” and gestured to CNN Collins as he approached the microphone.
“You pointed at me,” Collins said.
The president said, “I pointed out that you didn’t answer.” Collins said he would give Jiang time to complete his interrogation.
“Can I ask you something?” Collins said.
With that, Trump puts an end to the press conference in the White House rose garden and left.
Jiang and Collins wore masks at the press conference, as did most journalists, according to recent reports that two White House employees – Assistant to Vice President Mike Pence and the President’s service – proved positive for the coronavirus.