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Trump ends press briefing after clashing with reporters

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"Why does that matter?"

TV network CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang asked Trump why he continued to insist that the United States was doing better than other countries when it came to testing for the virus.

Maybe that's a question you should ask China. Now, I don't say that with all countries, but with China, they're very highly sophisticated, but so are we - more than anybody would understand. What is true is that more than 80,000 Americans have lost their lives in large part because Donald Trump still hasn't taken testing seriously.

Trump then looked to other reporters for another question, although Jiang continued to ask him the answer to his question.

Trump responded that people were losing their lives all over the world, and that it was a question better suited for China. "When you ask them that question, you might get a very unusual question", Trump said before pointing to a reporter behind Jiang.

With that, Mr Trump called an end to the news conference, held in the White House Rose Garden, and walked away from his lectern.

If Jiang's name sounds familiar, it may be because this isn't the first time she's accused the Trump administration of racism. The Associated Press reports White House officials later clarified that "everybody who needs a test can get a test".

The president said: "I did and you didn't respond, and now I'm calling on the young lady in the back". The self-serious soundbite would surely be ripe for social media ridicule.

Trump ends press briefing after clashing with reporters

"Pretty pathetic", Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote on Twitter.

U.S. president, Donald Trump, during a Monday press briefing clashed with reporters and then stormed out, when questioned about the Coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 80,000 Americans.

She asked: "Why does that matter?" But I wouldn't describe us as "irritating, '" Jiang tweeted last week.

The president said, "I pointed to you and you didn't respond". "This is part of a pattern of behaviour from the President".

"Remarkably, the woman Trump told to "ask China" is an Asian-American woman, and the second reporter, also a woman". It was just beyond parody. He told a reporter to "ask China" when pressed on comments he made over COVID-19 testing. This is part of a pattern of behavior from the president that goes back many years.

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Only a partisan hack could interpret Trump's response as racist. "But can I ask you a question, please?" If Jim Acosta had asked the same question, Trump surely would have also directed him to "ask China".