PRESIDENT Donald Trump responded to a reporter’s probing on the US having the highest number of coronavirus deaths by calling the journalist “Fake News CNN.”
While taking questions at a meeting with American tech workers on Monday, Trump claimed the US has “done an amazing job with ventilators” and supplying them to the world, given they are very hard, complicated and expensive to make.
President Donald Trump called journalist Jim Acosta ‘Fake News CNN’[/caption]
Jim Acosta is CNN’s chief White House correspondent[/caption]
CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta interjected, “US has so many deaths…”
“Hold, hold, Fake News CNN, hold,” Trump said, and continued to talk up his administration’s response to the pandemic.
“We have done a great job in this country, we haven’t been given enough—enough me, I’m not talking about me—the vice president, the task force, have not been given the kind of credit” they deserve, Trump said.
The president added that “countries all over the world are exploding right now” that “you said were doing a wonderful job.”
CNN correspondent Jim Acosta quizzed Trump on US coronavirus deaths[/caption]
Earlier in the question-and-answer session, Acosta asked Trump to explain why so many public health experts on White House Coronavirus Task Force were contradicting him on why the virus is so widespread in America, as well as the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.
Trump responded, “I think we’re doing a great job” on vaccines and therapeutics and again backed the drug that has not been proven to be an effective treatment for Covid-19.
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“Hydroxychloroquine has tremendous support but politically it’s toxic because I supported it,” Trump said.
“If I would have said do not use hydroxychloroquine, they would’ve come out and said it’s a great thing. Many doctors have come out strongly in favor of it, they want it very badly, it’s a great malaria drug.”
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Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health and human services and member of the White House coronavirus task force, said on Sunday that hydroxychloroquine is not recommended at this time and the nation needs to “move on” from the debate.
Trump has continued to speak highly of his coronavirus response efforts and on Monday signed an executive order expanding access to telehealth virtual visit services for 57 million Americans living in underserved rural areas.