Donald Trump’s daily coronavirus task force press briefings have devolved into a verbal sparring match with reporters, most of whom he believes are “fake news.” On Sunday, the president got into spats with several reporters after they asked him legitimate questions about the pandemic.
CBS reporter Weijia Jiang asked Trump about why he was still holding rallies in February instead of taking measures to protect the country. The president didn’t like the line of questioning and told her to “keep your voice down” and “relax.”
CBS White House correspondent @Weijia Jiang remarkably maintains gladiator level focus on journalism while the president who once said “Kung Flu” to her face squirms without an answer to why he refused to act in time on COVID19. pic.twitter.com/vZEgzd6jsQ
— rafael shimunov (@rafaelshimunov) April 20, 2020
Gretchen Carlson, the former FOX News host and subject of the film Bombshell, called Trump on it via Twitter.
“Trump is such a misogynistic jerk to female reporters asking legitimate questions about his #COVID19 plan. He says — ‘Keep your voice down’. She wasn’t raising it. Thank you
for your questions. Keep asking,” she wrote.
“Trump’s also a jerk to the
male reporter — and now he’s comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln!! Please ….,” Carlson continued.
for defending women like
when trump told her to keep her voice down and relax. No doubt there is a difference in the way he treats women and it’s horrible,” she wrote in a third tweet.
Trump also berated a CNN reporter during the press conference. “You’re CNN, you are Fake News. They were excoriated like people that don’t know any better because you don’t have the brains you were born with,” he said after being asked a question he didn’t have an answer to.
Trump to CNN’s @JDiamond1:
“You're CNN, you are Fake News.. They were excoriated like people that don’t know any better because you don't have the brains you were born with..” pic.twitter.com/GhZSKnQvMW
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) April 19, 2020
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings.
Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.