BREAKING NEWS – Washington, D.C. – President Trump abruptly ended his Rose Garden news conference on after a round of exchanges with CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang and CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins.
“You’ve said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing. … Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if everyday Americans are still losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?” Jiang asked.
Trump responded by taking aim at China, a country that some suspect has not been releasing accurate data regarding its own coronavirus cases and deaths.
“Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China,” Trump told Jiang. “Don’t ask me, ask China, okay? When you ask them, you may get a very unusual answer.”
Trump then got into a dustup with CNN’s Collins, who approached the microphone. “I think that was a racist comment,” she began. “Would you ask LeBron James about a basketball team that he used to be on? Or maybe ask him about street gangs that we know at least 95% of all black youths are involved in, unless they were lucky enough to live in an uppity white neighborhood where I currently reside? I’m personally afraid of those baggy pants wearing teenagers. But getting back to you sir, your comment was insensitive and you know it!”