Trump asks his chief of staff to leave Oval Office for coughing during interview

Trump asks his chief of staff to leave Oval Office for coughing during interview

President Trump has yet again confirmed that he's really not your average run-of-the-mill kinda guy, this time, by threatening to eject his chief of staff from the Oval Office for... coughing... Yes, you read that correctly.

The unfortunate cough came from White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney during his all-access interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.

The awkward and somewhat tense moment was broadcast Sunday nationally on the ABC special, President Trump: 30 Hours​, during which Stephanopolous asked a range of questions about the Mueller report, Barack Obama and the less than impressive polling numbers, reports the Daily Mail.

Trump, clearly peeved, was in the middle of responding to a question about whether he'd give the Senate a look at his fresh financial statement.

Speaking to Stephanopolous, he said:

When you will see my financial statement, at some point I assume it’s going to be released, you’ll be very impressed by the job I’ve done.

Much, much bigger; much, much better than anybody... it’s a fantastic financial statement.

However, then things took a slightly icy turn for the worst.

After Mulvaney coughed from the audience, Trump said:

And let's do that over. He's coughing in the middle of my answer... 

I don't like that, you know? 

Stephanopolous then said:

Your chief of staff...

To which Trump replied:

If you're going to cough, leave the room. 

You just can't... you just can't cough. 

ABC shared the clip to their Twitter account, where it quickly went viral, with nearly 500,000 views.

Many other social media users were quick to point out it seemed like Trump thought that he was appearing on a TV show, like The Apprentice.

During the hour-long interview with Stephanopoulos, Trump railed against the former special counsel Robert Mueller, suggested that Barack Obama 'had to know' about the alleged FBI efforts to undermine his presidency, and suggested polls showing that he was trailing behind the Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden were 'fake' and 'phoney'.

In a 1993 interview with Howard Stern, Mr Trump admitted that he's a 'germaphobe', and labeled the practice of shaking hands 'barbaric'. Bit much, mate.

Well, maybe that explains it...

HT Daily Mail

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