Trump attacks journalists for asking ‘snarky’ questions on coronavirus testing in US

[Jim Acosta] Yesterday you said that
you would be extending the guidelines through the end of April and that you’d be
giving the specifics tomorrow. Do you expect that the guidelines
will just carry on? The guidelines that have been in place
now for 15 days. Could there potentially be
some modification? – We may add a few more
but the guidelines will be very much as they are,
maybe even toughened up a little bit. But they’re having a big impact. They’re having a tremendous impact
and we’re starting to see it. – What do you say to Americans
who are upset with you over the way you’ve downplayed
this crisis over the last couple of months. “We have it very much under control
in this country.” “The coronavirus is very much under
control in the USA.” “It’s going to disappear. It’s like a miracle.
It will disappear.” March 4: “We have a very small number
of people in this country infected.” March 10: “We’re prepared. We’re doing
a great job with it. It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.” What do you say to Americans
who believe you got this wrong? – Instead of asking a nasty, snarky
question like that, you should ask a real question
and, other than that, I’m going to go to somebody else.
Please, go ahead. Please. [Yamiche Alcindor] Mr President, you’ve
said several times that the United States has ramped up testing but the United States
is still not testing per capita as many people as other countries
like South Korea. Why is that and when do you think that
number will be on par with other countries? – Yeah. Well, it’s very much on par.
[Reporter’s question] Look, well, per capita … We have areas of country
that’s very [unclear] … I know South Korea better than anybody. It’s very tight. Do you know how many people
are in Seoul? Do you know how big the city
of Seoul is? 38 million people.
That’s bigger than anything we have. 38 million people all tightly
wound together. We have vast farmlands. We have vast areas where they don’t
have much of a problem. In some cases they have
no problem whatsoever. Rather than asking a question like
that, you should congratulate the people that have done
this testing and you should be saying congratulations instead of asking
a really snarky question because I know exactly what you
mean by that. You should be saying: “Congratulations
to the men and women who have done this job, who have inherited
a broken testing system and who have made it great”
and if you don’t say it, I’ll say it. I want to congratulate all of the people.
You have done a fantastic job. And we will see you all tomorrow.
Thank you very much. Thank you.


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