‘Don’t ask me, ask China’: Trump’s reply to ‘nasty question’ on US Covid-19 tests

Washington -US President Donald Trump ended a media briefing abruptly on Monday, held in the White House.

The briefing came as the number of deaths from Covid-19 rose above 80,000 and amid scrutiny over the US’s testing programmes.

CBS News anchor asked Trump why he was putting so much emphasis on the amount of coronavirus tests that have been conducted in the United States.

“Why does that matter?” asked Jiang. “Why is this a global competition to you if everyday Americans are still going losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?”

“They’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me. Ask China that question,” replied Trump.

Trump called for another question and there was no immediate response.

Jiang asked: “Sir, why are you asking me that specifically?” Jiang has worked for CBS News since 2015. He was born in Xiamen, China but emigrated to the US with her family when she was 2 years old.

Trump replied that he would say that to “anyone who asks a nasty question.”

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