Trump Shuts Down Coronavirus Press Conference After Reporters Start Asking 'Nasty' Questions

Posted: May 11, 2020 5:50 PM

President Trump was in no mood for gotcha questions during Monday's press conference in the Rose Garden. Trump was first asked by CBS White House correspondent Weijia Jiang why he views the ability to test people for the Wuhan coronavirus as a "global competition" as people in America are "still losing their lives" every day.

"You have 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 it global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day?" Jiang asked.

"Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world and maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me. Ask China that question, okay. When you asked them that question, you make it a very unusual answer," Trump replied.

Jiang, who is originally from China, then asked, "Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically?"

"I'm not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m saying that to anyone who would ask a nasty question like that," Trump replied.

Jiang insisted she did not ask a nasty question.

"Why does it matter," she pressed.

Trump then did not want to answer questions from CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins after calling on her, with Collins pushing back.

"I have two questions, but you pointed to me," Collins said. "But you called on me."

"I did and you didn't respond and now I'm calling on the young lady in the back," Trump said.

With Collins continuing to protest, Trump then decided to end the press conference and walk away from the podium.