US President Donald Trump has been under facing outrage of Asia Americans after he had an unpleasant exchange with a CBS reporter during a press briefing at the White House on Monday. During a press conference at the WH rose garden on Monday, Trump argued with two journalists and ended the briefing abruptly.
Amid the briefing, Weijia Jiang, an Asian-American journalist working with CBS News, had questioned the US President about his claims over the rate of Coronavirus testing being done in America, asking, “Why is this a global competition when, every day, Americans are still losing their lives?”
Answering the question, Trump told her to ‘ask China’: “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.”
While Trump immediately called on another reporter for a question, she was paused by the CBS reporter who retorted to the President, asking: “Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically?”
To this, Trump responded: “I am not saying it specifically to anybody. I am saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that.”
Following this face-off, an irate Donald Trump unceremoniously ended the press briefing and walked away from the Rose Garden. Notably, this is not the first time Trump had a confrontation with CBS reporter Weijia Jiang and other female journalists. His remarks have often come under scrutiny by commentators and analysts who have condemned him for racial discrimination. In the wake of the incident, CBS News released a statement extending full support to Weijia Jiang. As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the United States, federal law enforcement has also reportedly warned of a surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Recently, popular singer Bryan Adams also apologised for racist post about Coronavirus pandemic on his social media.
Over 80,000 people have died due to the virus in the United States while the President has claimed that the country will complete 10 million COVID-19 testings by this week. During the press conference on Monday, he asserted that America is testing more people per capita than South Korea, the UK, France, Japan, Sweden, Finland, and many other countries. Interestingly, the US President himself was not wearing a mask with an audience that was filled with mask-wearing reporters and administration officials.
Amid Trump’s consistent efforts to reopen the economy from the pandemic lockdown, several cases of the Coronavirus have been reported from the White House in the last few weeks. According to media reports, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary tested positive for the disease, along with Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant among other officials.