As coronavirus steadily makes into way into every city in America, Trump and his administration are doing anything they can to steer the narrative in a direction that makes Trump look like the hero in this scenario. The president’s concern is not he dead and dying. The president is only worried about how he will look when all is said and done.
Trump sends his appointees to speak on cable news shows like CNN for that reason alone, and unfortunately for Trump, it literally never works out for him. There is no way to defend the indefensible, so it always ends with Trump and/or his officials looking really ignorant.
That’s what happened Thursday when White House trade adviser Peter Navarro when on CNN to speak to anchor Brianna Keilar. Navarro tried to spin the conversation, even blaming Obama for Trump’s lack of preparation despite the fact that Trump has been president for over three years.
Keilar wasn’t having it.
Check out the awkward exchange below:
NAVARRO: We all as a country got dealt a bad hand by China.
KEILAR: Peter, that is just a waste of time to say that. I'm gonna leave it there. pic.twitter.com/s7gHFRqz3j
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 26, 2020
At one point, Navarro says:
“Give me 20 seconds, Brianna. Let’s not sensationalize this crisis at a time where we create more anxiety or panic behavior with people, So please, as you report this crisis, please keep in mind that to the extent that it’s done, it makes our job here harder, and it makes the health care professional jobs here harder.”
“I am not sensationalizing anything. I’m trafficking in facts.”
“Your government knew in the summer when it did a drill that if this happened, this would be a problem and there was a lack of preparation, which is why we have you on to talk about the supply chain. Right now, it looks like the capacity for the U.S. is going to be about 200,000 ventilators and what experts are saying is there could be a million needed. Are you going to be able to meet that demand?”
That’s when Navarro began to blame Obama and China for the U.S.’s ill-preparedness, to which Keilar responded:
“You’re wasting everyone’s time with this. Peter, why are you even talking about this? It’s 2020. The president was elected in 2016. Can you get to a million ventilators?”
“You keep interrupting me. Let’s just have a conversation here. You keep talking in my ear and you won’t let me talk. May I speak, please?” Navarro asked, before stating 1 million ventilators was a number that was “way, way, way out” on a potential timeline and “wildly over what we need.”
“I think what’s important for CNN here is to report this in a sober way, without frightening America, and just having reasonable conversations when somebody from the White House comes on instead of just shouting in our ear.”
Keilar shot back:
“Peter, I will tell you that one way that I think a lot of people are calming down is when they have information and even if it’s bad news, they know the size of the problem and the government has a plan for it. That’s what we’re trying to get with you. You’re in charge of the supply chain. That’s the most pressing issue right now. I don’t know that I actually have too much of a clearer picture having spoken to you today.”
You can see the hilarious internet responses below: