Trump news live: Latest updates as president refuses to wear face mask amid Obamagate row

Trump news live: Latest updates as president refuses to wear face mask amid Obamagate row


Trump news live: Latest updates as president refuses to wear face mask amid Obamagate row

Trump news live: Latest updates as president refuses to wear face mask amid Obamagate row

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Donald Trump stormed out of his latest coronavirus press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday evening after again taking exception to questions from two female reporters, his latest meltdown over the crisis.

Before his spat with CBS reporter Weijia Jiang and Kaitlin Collins of CNN, the president had spent the session overstating his administration’s testing capabilities for the virus and claiming the US had “prevailed” over it, despite recording over 1.3m cases of infection and more than 81,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

In another awkward exchange, he declined to answer a question from Philip Rucker of The Washington Post on the “Obamagate” conspiracy theory he has been promoting on Twitter, refusing to articulate precisely what crime he is accusing his predecessor of even after claiming the so-called scandal “makes Watergate look small time!”

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President won’t explain ‘Obamagate’ despite hammering on about it on Twitter
 

In another awkward exchange from yesterday’s session, Trump declined to answer a question from Philip Rucker of The Washington Post on the “Obamagate” conspiracy theory he has been promoting on Twitter, refusing to articulate precisely what crime he is accusing his predecessor of even after claiming the so-called scandal “makes Watergate look small time!”
 

That one went like this:
 

Rucker: “You appeared to accuse Obama of a crime yesterday. What did he do?”

Trump: “Obamagate.” 

Rucker: “What is the crime?”

Trump: “You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody.”

Here’s Andrew Buncombe’s report.
 


Trump’s angry exchange with journalists in full

Still annoyed hours later, the president subsequently tweeted this (even though doing so meant promoting the work of Vox journalist Aaron Rupar, one of most vehement and hard-working critics on the platform):

The message backfired somewhat, however, as #TrumpMeltdown swiftly began to trend.

Here’s Gino Spocchia with a full transcript of the testy exchanges in question.
 


Trump storms out of coronavirus briefing after latest spat with female reporters

Donald Trump stormed out of his latest coronavirus press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday evening after again taking exception to questions from two female reporters, his latest meltdown over the crisis.

Before his spat with CBS reporter Weijia Jiang and Kaitlin Collins of CNN, the president had spent the session overstating his administration’s testing capabilities for the virus and claiming the US had “prevailed” over it, despite recording over 1.3m cases of infection and more than 81,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Trump said 300,000 tests are now being performed each day in the US, claiming “it will go up substantially from that number” but, as usual, did not provide supporting data.

He also claimed that illegal immigration at the US southern border with Mexico is down (well…) and dimissed the significance of two West Wing staff testing positive for the disease: “Things happen”.

As another correspondent noted, Covid-19 is not the only plague to have struck the White House, it seems:

John T Bennett was watching on.
 


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