President Donald Trump raged at reporters on Monday after he was repeatedly asked when he last tested negative before his COVID-19 diagnosis.
While speaking to reporters on an airport tarmac in Phoenix, Trump began a brief Q&A with reporters by predicting that he would “do better” than he did when he won the 2016 presidential race.
“We’re way ahead of where we were in 2016,” Trump insisted. “And I’ve done things that nobody has ever done.”
When a reporter asked Trump about the upcoming presidential debate with Biden this week, Trump pivoted to attack debate moderator Kristen Welker, calling her a “radical left Democrat, or whatever she is.”
Trump is out here preemptively attacking Kristen Welker, the moderator of the upcoming presidential debate, as "a radical left Democrat, or whatever she is." pic.twitter.com/pss1wUmeSa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 19, 2020
He was then asked what he is doing to prepare for the debate.
“I’m doing this,” Trump replied. “You just do what you do.”
When a reporter asked Trump if he would reveal whether he had been tested before his first debate against Biden, Trump attacked the reporter for asking the question.
“Why is it so important to you?” Trump mockingly asked the reporter.
Another reporter then asked Trump why he has repeatedly called Democratic nominee Joe Biden a “criminal.”
“Your campaign strategy seems to be to call Biden a criminal,” one correspondent pointed out. “Why is that?”
“He is a criminal!” Trump yelled. “He got caught. Read his laptop. And you know who’s a criminal? You’re a criminal for not reporting it,” Trump said while pointing at the reporter. “You are a criminal for not reporting it.”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Friday forcefully pushed back against a discredited New York Post article that circulated last week alleging that his son Hunter tried to set up a meeting with a Ukrainian official while he was still vice president, a narrative long pushed by President Trump and leading conservatives.
Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times that he gave the Post a copy of a hard drive that led to its story on Hunter because other news outlets would “spend all the time they could to try to contradict it before they put it out.”
Several of the Post’s journalists voiced concerns about its reporting.