CNN’s Anderson Cooper accused President Trump of “hijacking” the White House coronavirus task force press briefing on Monday evening, telling viewers the president is trying to rewrite the history of “reprehensibly irresponsible” early response to the outbreak.
“If you tuned into it hoping you were going to hear from the country’s top scientists, you were likely disappointed,” Cooper said late Monday on “AC360.”
“What you mostly heard was the president. And what you saw was a hijacking. A hijacking of the task force press conference by a president determined to rewrite the history of his early and reprehensibly irresponsible response to this virus,” Cooper continued.
“What the president showed us today is what the nation’s top scientists have to deal with every day — a president who now uses these briefings as a reelection platform, an opportunity to lie, to deflect, to attack, to bully, and cover up his own deadly dismissals of the virus for crucial weeks.”
.@andersoncooper calls today's coronavirus briefing a “hijacking of the task force press conference by a President determined to rewrite the history of his early and reprehensibly irresponsible response.”
“This is not normal and it matters because this is life or death,” he adds pic.twitter.com/gMg4YfYeDH
— CNN (@CNN) April 7, 2020
Trump earlier in the day berated several journalists over their questions and claimed that an inspector general report finding “severe” shortages of supplies at hospitals to fight the novel coronavirus was “just wrong.”