8 times Trump has lashed out at reporters and called them 'nasty' and 'fake' during his coronavirus press briefings
- President Donald Trump has consistently attacked the media for asking what he calls "threatening" or "nasty" questions during his coronavirus press briefings.
- Trump has berated reporters across multiple news outlets - including NBC, CBS, and the Associated Press - being critical of his response to the pandemic.
- On Monday, the president was so fed up with media critique that he showed his own video outlining his coronavirus response, as an attempt to "correct" the record and show that "everything we did was right."
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President Trump has consistently attacked reporters for asking negative or critical questions during his coronavirus press briefings.
In some cases, the president has gone so far as to call reporters "terrible," "fake," and "nasty," and telling some that they're "never going to make it."
Trump has made it clear that he prefers positive, easy news coverage of his coronavirus response, rather than difficult or critical reviews. He even went out of his way on Monday to show a video lauding his administrations efforts over the past few months during the press briefing.
Here are eight times the president has lashed out at reporters covering his coronavirus response.
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On March 20, Trump told NBC's Peter Alexander he was a "terrible reporter" after asking a question about what the president would say to Americans who feel afraid over the virus.
On March 29, Trump berated PBS News reporter Yamiche Alcindor for asking what he perceived as a "threatening" question about coronavirus equipment and told her to "be nice."
On April 3, Trump berated CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang for her "nasty tone" after she asked him to clarify a statement his son-in-law Jared Kushner made.
On April 5, when a reporter from the Associated Press attempted to ask Trump about the government's slow coronavirus response in April, Trump cut him off and told him to stop asking "wise guy questions."
On April 6, Trump lashed out against multiple reporters after questions over a Department of Health and Human Services inspector general report, which stated that the federal government failed to provide hospitals with adequate tests and equipment.
During the same press briefing, Trump called ABC's Jon Karl a "third-rate reporter" and told him that he will "never make it," after following up about the IG report.
The president also berated Francesca Chambers of McClatchy Media after she asked a question about the Paycheck Protection Program and told her that she's "just incapable of asking a question in a positive way."
On April 13, Trump called CBS reporter Paula Reid "a fake" after she asked the president to explain what his administration did to respond to the pandemic in February.
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