President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
We all know the main objective of most reporters in the White House press pool is to bait the President into making an inflammatory statement that they can rush off and broadcast to the world. On a more personal level, they strive to appear as savvy and bold as possible in the presence of their peers and for everyone else they know will see it.
CBS reporter Paula Reid was especially full of herself at Wednesday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing,
Slipping into her best ‘I’m a woman of the world, watch how ballsy I am when I confront the President persona’, with index finger pointing, Reid asked President Trump, “Mr. President, you tweeted earlier linking the closing of the country to your election success in November.” (A slight smile crosses her face and she looks directly at the President, index finger still pointing.) “Is this Easter timeline based on your political interests, because…”
Trump asks, “What do you mean by election success?”
Reid continues, “You tweeted. You said that the media wants the country to remain closed to hurt your odds of being reelected.”
The President says, “The media would like to see me do poorly in the election. I think.”
Reid cuts him off, “Sir, lawmakers and economists on both sides of the aisle have said that reopening the economy by Easter is not a good idea. What is that plan based on?”
Trump’s annoyance becomes clear from the change in his tone of voice. He replies, “Just so you understand. Are you ready? I think there are certain people that would like it not to open so quickly. I think there are certain people that would like it to do financially poorly because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls. And I don’t know if that’s so, but I do think it’s so that there are people in your profession that would like that to happen. I think it’s very clear.
Reid interrupts to say, “But your own medical experts did not endorse that plan yesterday.”
He talks over her. “I think it’s very clear that there are people in your profession that write fake news. You do. She does. There are people in your profession that write fake news.”
I am constantly amazed by the way the media treats this President right to his face. What is he doing wrong here? He is doing all he possibly can to help the country move through this crisis. And very few in the media are willing to acknowledge that. Instead, they show up everyday at his task force meetings to try to belittle him.
He swat this reporter down like a fly.
Good job, Mr. President.
Watch the clip:
“I think it’s very clear that there are people in your profession that write fake news. You do,” President Trump says to CBS News’ @PaulaReidCBS during the White House coronavirus task force update https://t.co/jDTU91Xjk4 pic.twitter.com/mNTGL4IjOZ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 25, 2020
….I have been packed all day with meetings, I have no time for stupidity. We’re working around the clock to KEEP AMERICA SAFE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2020