President Donald Trump had yet one more misfortunate coronavirus media briefing on Sunday. This time, though, he tangled with a reported, and he told her to “not be threatening” and “be nice” after she began to ask him questions about something he told Sean Hannity last week.
PBS’ reporter Yamiche Alcindor, who had faced Trump’s dispute at a press briefing with NBC’s Peter Alexander earlier this month, told him that he said repeatedly that he thinks that some of the equipment governors are requesting is unneeded. The President, though, cut her off by saying that he didn’t say that.
She reminded him that he said that he doesn’t believe some governors need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators on Hannity’s Fox News last week. He said back then that “You go into major hospitals sometimes, and they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?”, and noted that he has a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be.
Even though Trump didn’t mention New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it was clear that he was referring to him. On Sunday, though, the President said that Alcindor was misquoting him, and said that he “didn’t say that”. The two talked over one another at one point, and he said in return that she should act a little more positive.
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Alcindor then tried to ask Trump how is that going to impact (what he told Hannity), but Trump cut her off again and said:
“Excuse me. You didn’t hear me. That’s why you used to work for the Times and now you work for somebody else. Look, let me tell you something: Be nice. Don’t be threatening.”
Alcindor managed to finish her question and ask the President how is that going to impact how he fills these orders for ventilators or for masks, and he said that “it’s not going to impact”.
Trump insisted that we’re producing tremendous numbers of ventilators, and “we’re doing a great job on it”.
He implied once again that New York did not have the full need of the ventilators it has requested to help treat the most critical COVID-19 patients, and he told Alcindor that she was “a fine journalist”, but he criticized her “questions that are so threatening”.
He added once again that “we’re all on the same team”.