21 reactions to Trump's 'ask China' outburst and his shocking press conference meltdown

James Besanvalle
Tuesday 12 May 2020 09:15
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President Donald Trump had one of his most disastrous press conference meltdowns, ending with him storming off after asking a shocking question to a reporter.

And the reactions to it are just as brutal as you might think.

The biggest meltdown came after reporter Weijia Jiang, who is Chinese-American, asked Trump:

Why is this a global competition when, every day, Americans are still losing their lives?

He responded:

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?

She clapped back by asking Trump why he told her specifically to "ask China" and he then cut her off to go to the next reporter's question, before storming out.

But Twitter wasn’t impressed by the meltdown, with many calling the exchange "racist" given that Jiang is Chinese.

When a reporter asked if there was a double standard in White House staff getting access to Covid-19 tests that everyday Americans can’t, Trump had a similar reaction.

He said:

People on social media called out the double standard...

Another awkward moment came about when reporter Philip Rucker asked the POTUS:

You appeared to accuse President Obama of the biggest political crime in American history by far, what crime exactly are you accusing President Obama of committing and do you believe the Justice Department should prosecute him?

Trump vaguely responded “Obamagate” but couldn’t elaborate on the specifics of what the crime was...

Again, people had a lot of thoughts – with many thinking Trump is just trying to distract the public with a non-existent scandal:

Then, after reporter Weijia Jiang was denied her question being answered, colleague Kaitlan Collins tried to ask a question but Trump responded:

Next! Next please… I did [call on you] but you didn’t respond and now I’m calling on the young lady at the back.

Then, without warning, he cut the press conference short and walked off in a rage.

At the time of writing, the coronavirus death toll in the US sits at 81,491 – by far, the largest in the world.

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