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“Why Don’t You Ask China?” Trump Tells CBS’s WeiJia Jiang in Another Confrontation

President Donald Trump abruptly ended a White House briefing after another confrontation with CBS News’ White House correspondent Weijia Jiang on Monday.

“You’ve said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing,” Jiang said during the briefing. “Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if, every day, Americans are still losing their lives, and we’re still seeing more cases every day?”

“Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world, and maybe that’s a question you should ask China,” Trump retorted.

But Jiang, who is Chinese American, didn’t let Trump get away with that answer.

“Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically, that I should ask China?” she asked.

“I’m not saying specifically to anybody,” Trump defended. “I’m saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that.”

“That’s not a nasty question,” Jiang said.

Her attempts to follow up were ignored.

Despite several reporters, including CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor, trying to cede their time to Jiang, Trump ignored them, abruptly ending the conference.

The President faced immediate criticism over Twitter, many calling the incident “racist” and a “temper tantrum,” as well as applauding Jiang and the other reporters for their calm temperaments.

Other critics included former President Barack Obama’s Chief Strategist, David Axelrod, and MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who both noted the connection of Trump asking an Asian American reporter to refer her questions to China, as well as the ongoing trend of Trump’s dismissive attitude towards women reporters.

This isn’t the first confrontation between Jiang and Trump.

The President told Jiang to “keep her voice down” during an April coronavirus task force briefing, complaining that he was being treated “unfairly.” (Jiang was calm throughout the entire exchange, and had not raised her voice or asked inappropriate questions.)

The same month, during another briefing, Trump called her tone while asking a question “very nasty,” then said, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself.” (Again, Jiang’s tone was not unusual, and she remained collected throughout the briefing.)

Jiang had also called attention to how coronavirus, or COVID-19, was being talked about by White House officials in March.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. RE: Why don’t you ask China? Trump tells CBS’s Weijia Jiang in another confrontation: First of all Trump is America, and is responsible to America’s interests first. If this Asian reporter was truly an American, she would not have taken offense and make it personal or racial. The President is not obliged to give special treatment to Asians own shortcomings. If they can’t rise above, then too bad. I am an Asian, and will defend America and Trump.

    • RE: Why don’t You ask China: Trump tells CBS’s Weijia Jiang in another confrontation: Weijia Jiang’s job is to ask tough questions of leaders on both sides of the aisle. Trump knows that. He’s just holding her up as red meat for his supporters who’s he’s convinced that it’s US against the media. Jiang is not in a popularity contest. If Trump can’t handle tough questions, he’s in the wrong job.

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