Viewers who were watching President Donald Trump’s national address about the novel coronavirus pandemic on C-SPAN Wednesday night heard the president say “oh f***” and asking for “white stuff” to repair a “pen mark,” according to multiple news outlets.
The network, apparently unaware that it was broadcasting audio, captured the president saying: “Oh, f*** — Uh oh, I got a pen mark. Anybody have the white stuff … Do you see it? Which side is it on?”
“A what? Oh fuck… Uh oh” pic.twitter.com/QFt4IWvief
— Robbie Pitts (@pittst3r) March 12, 2020
During his address, Trump announced an unprecedented travel ban on “most foreign nationals” into the US from Europe beginning on 20 March and lasting a month, as health officials warn that the risk of community spread within the US poses a significant threat.
Trump also struggled to pronounce several words during his speech, including the word “counting.”
Trump has a hard time reading the word "counting" pic.twitter.com/k1lj0brzkE
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 12, 2020
Moments after he ended his address, Trump let out an “Okayyyyy” as staffers could be seen removing his mic.
Trump immediately after his #COVID19 speech, when he didn’t realize the cameras were still on—you have to see this for yourself.
— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@leahmcelrath) March 12, 2020