Friday afternoon, Donald Trump and Mike Pence held a press conference to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak quickly spreading through the United States. Trump has been taken to task over his handling of the pandemic, and now, he’s pretending he knows nothing about the disbanding of the White House pandemic office.
Trump was asked by a reported from PBS why he wasn’t taking responsibility for the spread since he is the one who shut down the pandemic office, which would have handled the virus upon its arrival.
Trump didn’t take well to the reporter’s question, and even called it “nasty.”
Check him out below:
Trump melts down and attacks the questioner when he was asked if he is responsible for disbanding the White House pandemic office. pic.twitter.com/Pp4owGfM5f
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 13, 2020
Reporter Yamiche Alcindor can be heard asking Trump:
Mr. President. My first question, you said you don’t take responsibility, but you did disband the White House Pandemic Office and the officials left this administration abruptly, what responsibility do you take to that and the officials who worked in this office the White House lost valuable time because that office was disbanded?
Trump shot back:
I think it’s a nasty question. Tony has said numerous times we saved thousands of lives because of the quick closing and when you say me, I didn’t do it. We have group of people. I could perhaps ask Tony about that. I don’t know anything about it. You say we did that.
You don’t know the reorganization at the National Security Council?
Trump, stumbling over himself, said:
People let people go. These professionals behind me and these great incredible doctors and business people, the best in the world and I can say that whether it’s retailers or labs or anything you want to say these are the best in the world.
People responding to the video on Twitter had plenty to say about the president’s ridiculous behavior. We saved the best reactions for you below: