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Trump abruptly ends press conference after exchange with reporter

During Monday's news conference, President Donald Trump walked away after being asked why new cases of Covid-19 were being reported in the U.S.

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Trump abruptly ends press conference after exchange with reporter

For weeks, President Donald Trump has been urging the governors of the 50 states to reopen the economy, end the quarantine period and send children back to school before the academic year ends. He also at some point suggested that consuming disinfectant could be a way of treating Covid-19 only to declare later that it was said as a joke and people shouldn’t take the comment seriously.

On Monday, President Donald Trump walked out early from his news conference after a heated exchange with an Asian-American reporter, telling her to, “Ask China” in response to her question.

The reporter, Weijia Jiang, a White House correspondent for CBS News, asked the president why he sees coronavirus testing as a global competition when more than 80,000 Americans have died from the outbreak. “Maybe that’s a question you should ask China,” answered Trump.

The president has been blaming China and the World Health Organization for the spreading of Covid-19 through poor management and that had they acted quicker and been more open with the global community then we would not have a pandemic on our hands.

Trump tried to move on to another question but Jiang kept insisting and asked him why his remark was aimed her specifically. Trump replied, "I’m not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m just saying it to anybody that asks a nasty question.”

A few minutes later, Trump ended the press conference and walked away.