President Trump and Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts got into a little bit of a tiff during Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing.
The incident started after another reporter asked Trump about whether or not he would be willing to talk to former Vice President Joe Biden during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, BizPac Review reports.
“Oh absolutely,” Trump answered. “I’d love to.”
“I always found him to be a nice guy,” the president continued via the report. “I don’t know him very well, frankly, but I think he’s probably a nice guy. No, if he’d like to call it, I’d absolutely take his call. You can tell him.”
Then came Roberts, who piggy-backed off the answer with a comment about the Obama administration.
“But you have talked about the failings of the Obama Administration and leaving you with empty shelves and no plans and they got rid of the pandemic office and the National Security Council—” Roberts started before getting cut off by the president.
“We didn’t do that,” the president interjected, defending the federal government. “That turned out to be a false story. Now you’re starting to go [to the other side]. What are you working for, CNN?”
“I’m pointing out what they have said and what you have said. That’s all,” Roberts pressed.
“I thought you were with Fox,” Trump commented, adding: “Fox isn’t so easy either. Don’t kid yourself. Look, John, let me tell you something — you know that’s a false story.”
The president continued: “What you just said is a false story. This doctor knows it better than anybody. No, but you shouldn’t be repeating a story that you know is false. All right.”
But the Trump administration did not dissolve its pandemic response, BizPac Review reports. Check it out:
As noted by former National Security Council official Tim Morrison in an op-ed last month, the president “didn’t ‘dissolve’ its pandemic response office.”
How did he know? Because “I was there,” he explained.
“It has been alleged by multiple officials of the Obama administration, including in The Post, that the president and his then-national security adviser, John Bolton, ‘dissolved the office’ at the White House in charge of pandemic preparedness,” he wrote.
“Because I led the very directorate assigned that mission, the counterproliferation and biodefense office, for a year and then handed it off to another official who still holds the post, I know the charge is specious.”
— Tony Mariani (@tonymariani) March 18, 2020