President Donald Trump resumed holding an afternoon coronavirus press conference on Monday, but ended it after a reporter asked why he sees testing as a global competition if Americans are still dying. Trump grew immediately agitated, told her to “ask China,” and ended the press conference after skipping over another reporter.
“Why does that matter?” a CBS News reporter asked, referring to coronavirus testing. “Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?”
“Well they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China,” Trump replied, irritated, stressing “China.”
“Don’t ask me, ask China that question.”
The President then tried to take a question from another reporter, but the reporter Weijia Jiang, who describes herself as a “Chinese born West Virginian,” pressed on.
“Sir, why are you saying that to me? Specifically?” she asked.
“I’m not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question.”
Trump then called on CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. As she approached the mic, Trump waved her off, and chose another reporter.
Collins, fighting to ask her question, said, “But you pointed to me.”
“Next, next please,” Trump said.
“OK. Ladies and gentlemen,” Trump announced. “Thank you very much. Appreciate it.”
Then the President, with a grimace on his face, turned around and stormed off.
After getting into an argument with CBS’ Weijia Jiang over what he called a “nasty question”, Trump abruptly ends the press conference and refuses to answer a question from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins (who he called on) pic.twitter.com/yAQdfMcirF
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) May 11, 2020
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The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday morning will hear oral arguments in what will be a decisive case for the future of abortion in America.
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Trump Tested Positive for COVID Days Before Biden Debate But Told No One, His Former Chief of Staff Says
On Sept. 26, 2020, three days before his first debate with Joe Biden, then-President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 but told no one, according to his former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ new book. Trump arrived “late” to the Sept. 29 debate and did not get tested before going on stage.
Trump, who was mildly symptomatic on Sept. 26 when he was first tested, did get tested again and obtained a negative test, but three days after the debate again tested positive and was quickly hospitalized – blaming Gold Star families who wanted to “hug” him for contracting the deadly disease.
“Meadows says Trump’s positive result on 26 September was a shock to a White House which had just staged a triumphant Rose Garden ceremony for supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett – an occasion now widely considered to have been a Covid super-spreader event‘” The Guardian reports.
As Marine One lifted off, heading for a rally on the 26th, the White House physician Sean Conley called.
“Stop the president from leaving,” Meadows says he told him. “He just tested positive for Covid.”
It wasn’t possible to stop Trump but when he called from Air Force One, his chief of staff gave him the news.
“Mr President,” Meadows said, “I’ve got some bad news. You’ve tested positive for Covid-19.”
Trump’s reply, the devout Christian writes, “rhyme[d] with ‘Oh spit, you’ve gotta be trucking lidding me’.”
The Guardian adds that “the stunning revelation of an unreported positive test follows a year of speculation about whether Trump, then 74 years old, had the potentially deadly virus when he faced Biden, 77, in Cleveland on 29 September – and what danger that might have presented.”
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Speaking to Raffensperger indicates the House Committee is investigating the origins of the insurrection far beyond its D.C. roots.
“We talked about that and everything else leading into the election. That was their focus, because that was where the greatest disinformation was foisted upon our nation,” Raffensperger told The Atlanta Journal Constitution Tuesday.
Back in February Georgia prosecutors had reportedly opened up a criminal investigation into Trump’s demand Raffensperger find him 11,780 more votes. Despite the recorded audio evidence no charges are known to have been filed against Trump for what some say could be criminal solicitation to commit election fraud.
Trump called the Georgia Secretary of State nearly 20 times before the now-infamous call during which he threatened Raffensperger. On the 19th call Trump spoke to Raffensperger for nearly one hour. That call was recorded by Raffensperger’s staff.
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