US President Donald Trump abruptly ended his coronavirus press briefing on Monday after getting right into a testy alternate with an Asian-American reporter.
CBS Information reporter Weijia Jiang requested Trump why he continued to insist that the US was doing higher than different international locations when it got here to testing for the virus.
“Why does that matter?” she requested. “Why is that this a world competitors when, day-after-day, People are nonetheless dropping their lives?”
“They’re dropping their lives in all places on the planet,” Trump replied. “And perhaps that is a query it is best to ask China. Do not ask me, ask China that query, OK?”
Jiang, who identifies herself in her Twitter bio as a “Chinese language born West Virginian,” pushed again.
“Sir, why are you saying that to me particularly?” she mentioned, implying it was resulting from her race.
“I am saying it to anyone who would ask a nasty query like that,” Trump mentioned.
He then tried to maneuver on to a different reporter as Jiang continued to press him about his response.
Trump known as on one other feminine reporter however then instantly known as on another person.
When the girl tried to ask her query, Trump abruptly ended the press convention and walked again into the White Home.
The web was fast to rally spherical Jiang, with the hashtag #StandWithWeijiaJiang quickly trending on Twitter.
“I #StandWithWeijiaJiang towards Trump’s racist tantrums,” tweeted “Star Trek” actor and outstanding Asian-American activist George Takei.
Reporter and CNN political analyst April Ryan, who has additionally been on the receiving finish of Trump’s phrases, tweeted: “Welcome to the membership! That is sickening! It’s his behavior!”
Trump, who has by no means been shy about his dislike for the information media, has usually locked horns with journalists throughout his coronavirus press briefings.
Greater than 80,000 folks have died within the US from the coronavirus pandemic, out of greater than 1.three million instances, in keeping with the most recent figures on Monday from Johns Hopkins College, by far the very best demise toll of any nation.
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