During Monday's coronavirus task force press briefing, Donald Trump abruptly walked out on reporters at the White House after getting into a confrontation with several journalists.
The altercation initially started with Trump fielded a question from Jiang about the president's claim that the US was doing better than any other nation with coronavirus, despite having the highest death toll and infection rate in the world. Indeed, the White House unveiled a new and dubious slogan at the briefing claiming that "America leads the world in testing."
Jiang said to the president:
Why is this a global competition when, every day, Americans are still losing their lives?
Trump attempted to swat the question away but his answer has been read by some as racist as Jiang describes herself as a Chinese born West Virginian.
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, OK?
Jiang retaliated asking the POTUS why he was saying that to her specifically, to which he replied:
I'm saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that.
Trump then tried to hastily move the session on and pointed towards CNN's Collins who said that she wanted to allow Jiang to finish her question, only for Trump to wave off Collins.
Al Jazeera reports that Trump then pointed to a third reporter, this time from PBS who said that she wanted Collins to ask her question. At this point, Trump had seen enough and stormed off the stage.
Many have already blasted Trump for his behaviour at this moment with some branding it racist, misogynist and petty.
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