In an extraordinary exchange on Friday, President Donald Trump verbally attacked a News reporter for raising questions about the worried Americans in the light of COVID19.
What annoyed Trump was the question from NBC News reporter Peter Alexander that what US President’s message would be to Americans who are frightened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Peter Alexander began with a statement that whether Trump was giving Americans "false hope" by touting unproven coronavirus drugs. The untoward incident of question-answer duel happened at the White House's daily coronavirus task force briefing.
Toward the end of the exchange, Alexander cited the latest pandemic statistics showing thousands of Americans are now infected and millions are scared. Alexander asked, "What do you say to Americans who are scared?"
Trump instead of answering, began attacking the reporter in natural Trump-style saying: "I say that you are a terrible reporter," Trump replied. "That's what I say."
The President proceeded to launch into an extended rant against Alexander, saying he asked a "nasty question" and assailing NBC and its parent company, Comcast.
"You're doing sensationalism," Trump charged. "And the same with NBC and Comcast. I don't call it Comcast. I call it 'Con-Cast.'"
"Let me just tell you something," Trump added. "That's really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism."
Moments later, Kaitlan Collins, a White House correspondent for CNN, asked Trump if it was appropriate to embark on tirades against members of the news media during a public health crisis.
Trump defended his verbal assault on Alexander, saying he's "not a good journalist" and launching into another rant against him.
"Coming together is much harder when we have dishonest journalists," Trump said.