US President Donald Trump left his own White House press conference yesterday after a fiery confrontation with two reporters.
CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang questioned Trump because he insisted that the U.S. outperform other countries when it came to coronavirus testing.
“Why is that important?” she asked. “Why is this a global competition when Americans are still losing their lives every day?”
“They are losing their lives all over the world,” Trump said.
“And maybe that’s a question to ask China. Don’t ask me that question, ask China that question, okay? ”
The cameras then turned away from Weijia as Trump pointed to another reporter to ask a question.
But Weijia intervened and, given her Asian-American heritage, asked, “Sir, why are you asking me specifically? That I should ask China? ‘
“I’m telling you, I’m not specifically telling anyone, I’m telling anyone who will ask such an annoying question,” said the president.
When he skipped CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins’ attempts to ask a question, things got even hotter.
Not having time to ask them, he pointed to another journalist before intervening, “I have two questions, you pointed at me.”
He replied, “I did and you didn’t respond and now I’m calling the young lady in the back.”
“I just wanted my colleague (Weijia) to finish,” Kaitlan replied.
Before she could answer her questions, Trump decided to end the press conference abruptly.
The showdown has gone viral on Twitter, where #TrumpMeltdown is popular.
“God bless Weijia for not tolerating that nonsense, even though she was doing her job,” wrote one viewer.
Another added: “This is not easy for a reporter to face the President of the United States. It is so much easier to grin and endure. Full props for Weijia. ‘
And a third said sarcastically, “Trump asked an Asian-American journalist and called it [her question] an “annoying question”. “
It comes just weeks after what a journalist described, Trump had the “biggest meltdown of any US president in history.”