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‘Biggest meltdown I have ever seen’: Trump rages at reporter at briefing

By June 20, 2020 No Comments
Donald Trump has called a journalist a “disgrace” and a “fake” for asking him about what his administration did to combat coronavirus in February.
The US president took the unprecedented step of playing what appeared to be a campaign video during his daily coronavirus briefing.
Donald Trump likened the coronavirus to 'the sniffles' in February, and is now accusing the media of minimising the risk.
Donald Trump likened the coronavirus to ‘the sniffles’ in February, and is now accusing the media of minimising the risk.(AP)
“That video has a gap for the entire month of February,” Reid said in the briefing room.
“What did your administration do in February with the time that your travel ban bought you?”
Mr Trump responded by lashing out at her.
“You know you’re a fake,” he told her.
“The people are wise to you. That’s why you’ve had a lower approval rating than you have ever had before, times probably three.”
The president then steered his answer to an attack on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Donald Trump called a CBS reporter a 'fake' for asking about the White House's inaction on coronavirus in February.
Donald Trump called a CBS reporter a ‘fake’ for asking about the White House’s inaction on coronavirus in February.(AP)
CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta was scathing in his criticism.
“That is the biggest meltdown I have ever seen from a president of the United States in my career,” Acosta said.
“I don’t think a reasonable person could watch what we just saw over the last hour and conclude that the president is in control. He sounds like he is out of control.”
The United States reported its first coronavirus case on January 22, the same day as the first case in South Korea.
Workers set up an "alternate care facility" at McCormick Place Hall A in Chicago.
Workers set up an “alternate care facility” at McCormick Place Hall A in Chicago.(AP)
South Korea has had just 10,537 cases of COVID-19 after taking strict and dramatic action in January and February.
The United States  has 581,679 coronavirus cases, averaging about 30,000 new diagnosed infections each day.

Reopening the United States

Mr Trump also spoke about his plan to reopen the country.
He claimed via Twitter and during the press conference that he had the power to overrule governors and state governments who wanted to keep shops, schools, restaurants and public places shut.
“When somebody’s the president of the United States, the authority is total,” Mr Trump said.
“The governors know that.”
Mr Trump’s claim is in direct contradiction to the Constitution, and is untrue.

Firing Fauci?

Yesterday Mr Trump retweeted a post from a Twitter user demanding the sacking of the government’s top infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci.
Dr Fauci is the most trusted person in Washington on the pandemic, polling shows.
But unlike so many in the administration, Dr Fauci has not been afraid to contradict Mr Trump in public.
When asked by reporters today, Mr Trump denied that he did not notice the hashtag.
President Donald Trump listens as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr Anthony Fauci speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing.(AP)
“I notice everything,” the president said.
“That’s somebody’s opinion. I’m not firing him.”
The woman Mr Trump retweeted, DeAnna Lorraine, was a Republican candidate in Nancy Pelosi’s congressional district this year.
Ms Lorraine was knocked out in the first round of voting after receiving just 1.8 per cent of the vote.
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