Will the media ever learn their lesson?
Moments after President Trump declared a State of Emergency to combat the coronavirus, NPR reporter Yamiche Alcindor wasted no time in turning the situation political.
It’s the Democrats’ favorite motto, right? “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Rather than following-up with questions regarding the administration’s response, Alcindor used her question to attack the administration.
Trump wouldn’t take any of it, responding, “I just think that’s a nasty question.”
See the fiery exchange below:
The presser was an opportunity for the media to learn more about the actions the Trump administration is taking to keep Americans safe and to stop the slow of the disease.
She could have asked about the temporary suspension in student loan interest rates, the drive through testing, the status of testing kits, and much more.
But instead of asking a valid question, she attempted to go for the jugular and Trump absolutely stopped her.
This is why the president calls them "Fake news!"
The Washington Examiner has more details on Trump's strong response:
President Trump called a reporter's question “nasty” after she asked about the administration cutting its global health security team back in 2018.
After his Friday speech declaring the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, a journalist asked why Trump wouldn’t “take responsibility” for the crisis despite the response team being dismantled during John Bolton’s tenure as national security adviser.
“Well, I just think it’s a nasty question,” Trump responded before pointing to measures the administration has put in place after the COVID-19 outbreak that have “saved thousands of lives.”
“I mean, you say we did that. I don’t know anything about it,” he added.
“You don’t know about the reorganization that happened at the National Security Council?” PBS News Hour reporter Yamiche Alcindor questioned as the president spoke over her.
“It’s the administration, perhaps they do that, let people go. You used to be with a different newspaper than you are now, you know things like that happen,” Trump said before Alcindor’s microphone was cut off.
In May 2018, Bolton reorganized the NSC in an effort to streamline it. As part of that reorganization, Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer, the top White House official responsible for pandemic response, was let go, and the team he oversaw was dismantled.
This isn't the first time Alcindor has been unusually rude to the president.
She asked an untruthful question about Robert Mueller's testimony, and President Trump wouldn't have any of it!
See one of their earlier exchanges below:
The claim that President Trump disbanded the entire pandemic team is false.
Many members of the staff remained and were folded under the National Security Council under Bolton.
Breitbart has fact-checked the claim and has more details below:
CLAIM: President Donald Trump “fired the entire White House pandemic team.”
VERDICT: Partly false. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton “dissolved” the pandemic office but staff remained to deal with the issue.
Last month, Democrats tried a new way of blaming Trump for the coronavirus outbreak. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg claimed during the Democrat debate in South Carolina that Trump “fired the pandemic specialist in this country two years ago, so there’s nobody here to figure out what the hell we should be doing. [Applause] And he’s defunded Centers for Disease Control, CDC so we don’t have the organization we need.”
Breitbart News rated that “Mostly False.” We noted:
In reality, the pandemic expert — Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer — left the National Security Council (NSC) voluntarily after then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was appointed.
Bolton disbanded the unit that Ziemer was supervising as part of an effort to downsize the bloated NSC staff…
The Trump administration has indeed proposed cuts to the CDC, but they have not been passed by Congress.
Moreover, some of the experts who had been part of the office remained on staff at the National Security Council.
Earlier this week, Democrats asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the president’s coronavirus team who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, about the decision to cut the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense. He was asked whether it had been a “mistake.”
Fauci said no, but added that it would also have been “nice” to have it around.
“I wouldn’t necessarily characterize it as a mistake. I would say we worked very well with that office. It would be nice if the office was still there,” he said.
The media largely ignored the first sentence and focused on the second.
As usual, the media is misrepresenting actual events or muddling the waters so that voters can't see the administration's superior response clearly.
They were clearly caught off guard when the adminsitration unveiled a plahn that was quietly in the works behind the scenes.
We're sure President Trump and his team have more strategic surprises up their sleeves!