TRUMPS ENDS PRESS BRIEFING AFTER TIFF WITH ASIAN-AMERICAN REPORTER
US President Donald Trump walked off his own press briefing at the Rose Garden of the White House after refusing to answer a question tossed to him about coronavirus testing being a competition when 80,000 Americans have died of the COVID -19 pandemic, Oliver Darcy of CNN Business reported late on Monday, May 11.
Trump told Weijia Jiang, a CBS correspondent who was born in China but immigrated to the US when she was 2-years-old, that she should ask China that question but Weijia shot back: "Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically?"
"I'm telling you," Trump replied. "I'm not saying it specifically to anybody. I'm saying it to anybody that asks a nasty question," to which Weijia retorted: "That's not a nasty question," Jiang said.
Trump also clashed with Kaitlan Collins, a CNN correspondent, who tried to ask him two questions but Trump said he pointed to her and did not respond so she lost her chance to ask questions and then walked out, prompting a reaction from US Senator Bernie Sanders who said that Trump "is a coward who tears down others to make himself feel powerful" while Wolf Blitzer of CNN tagged Trump’s behavior as an “ugly ending” to the briefing.