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Given how adept President Donald Trump has gotten at chewing up and spitting out agenda-driven elitist reporters at the daily White House briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, you’d think these journalists wouldn’t be so eager to try to score points on the president.
Yet, day after day, reporters step forward to play word games and question a White House decision-making process that leans heavily on the expert panel assembled on the coronavirus task force Trump established in January.
On Thursday, it was Washington Post White House bureau chief Phil Rucker’s turn, and suffice it to say, he didn’t fare too well.
Somewhat ironically, given that CNN and others have opted not to even air Trump’s remarks during these briefings, Rucker reminded Trump he is the president, before citing the need of the American people tuning in to “get information and guidance.”
In questioning a report from the Department of Homeland Security suggesting heat and humidity could slow the coronavirus, the sanctimonious reporter added, “They’re not looking for rumors.”
“Hey Phil, I’m the president and you’re fake news,” Trump countered, slaying his antagonizer in less than 10 words.
“Know what I will say to you?” the president continued. “I will say it to you very nicely because I know you well — I know the guy, I see what he writes. He is a total faker.”
“Are you ready? It’s just a suggestion from a brilliant lab, from a very very smart, perhaps brilliant man,” he said. “He’s talking about sun, he’s talking about heat. And you see the numbers. That’s it. That’s all I have. I’m just here to present talent. I’m here to present ideas.”
The man Trump is referring to is William Bryan, the acting head of the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, who said solar light had a “powerful” impact on killing the virus
“Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears to have on killing the virus, both surfaces and in the air,” Bryan said Thursday at the briefing. “We’ve seen a similar effect with both temperature and humidity as well, where increasing the temperature and humidity or both is generally less favorable to the virus.”
Turns out, much like hope didn’t play well with the cabal out to destroy Trump, there appears to be no room for ideas on the left.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins would also get blasted on Thursday.
Asked by another reporter about the medical status of North Korean dictator Kim Jong UN, who was reportedly in “grave” condition following surgery, Trump talked about his relationship with Kim before denouncing CNN’s report.
“I think the report was incorrect,” he said. “I think the report was done by a network that was incorrect.”
At this point, Trump motioned toward Collins.
“I’m hearing they used old documents. That’s what I hear. I hear that the report was an incorrect report,” he then said. “I hope it was an incorrect report.”
Collins tried to follow up on here, but Trump was having no part of it.
“The problem is you don’t write the truth, so as far as I’m concerned I want to go to the next [reporter],” he said.
As Collins persisted, requesting to ask a question, the president said, “No, not CNN, please.”
The reporter press on regardless, prompting Trump to shoot back, “I told you, CNN is fake news. Don’t talk to me.”
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