Trump BLASTS CBS reporter, tells her to 'Go ask China'

Trump BLASTS CBS reporter, tells her to 'Go ask China'

Trump BLASTS CBS reporter, tells her to 'Go ask China'

President Donald Trump walked out on his media briefing on Monday after reporters implied that he was answering a question about the coronavirus in a racist manner.

© Thomson Reuters CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang listens to U.S. President Donald Trump respond after inquiring why he was saying "Don't ask me, ask China that question" to her after she asked him why he considers coronavirus testing a "global competition" during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 11, 2020. "Why does that matter?"

"Well they're losing their lives everywhere in the world and maybe that's a question you should ask China", Trump replied at the Monday briefing.

"Don't ask me, ask China that question OK?"

"People rag on White House reporters for not covering Trump like they should", Lacy tweeted, "but he literally storms off when they ask hard questions".

Trump, who spoke in front of a sign that said "AMERICA LEADS THE WORLD IN TESTING", then moved to call on another reporter, CNN's Kaitlan Collins.

Journalist Mairav Zonszein, while praising Jiang and Collins for standing their ground against the president, wondered if the press conferences were doing more harm than good.

"Why are you saying that to me specifically?" asked Jiang, who was born in China and raised in West Virginia.

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The clash took place during a coronavirus briefing in the White House Rose Garden

"I'm telling you", Trump said.

WEIJA: Why are you saying that to me, specifically? "I'm saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that".

Trump responded by taking aim at China, a country that some suspect has not been releasing accurate data regarding its own coronavirus cases and deaths.

CNN's Collins stepped to the microphone.

"It's not a nasty question!" she interjected.

"But you pointed to me", Collins said. "You called on me".

Reporters and much of the White House staff wrote facemarks to the briefing, after the revelation last week that one of the president's valets and Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary tested positive for the coronavirus.

The briefing largely focused on testing capacity in the United States - a combined private, local and federal effort and a key aspect of Trump's effort to "reopen" the country.

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