Bypassing Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.
Trump railed against Democrats while making dozens of false statements, including his false claim taking credit for passing a veteran’s health care bill that was signed into law by former President Obama in 2014.
When CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid called out the president’s lie to his face, Trump abruptly ended the news conference at his country club in Bedminister, New Jersey, and stormed out of the room as the Village People’s “Macho Man” played.
“Mr. President, why do you keep saying that you passed Veterans Choice? You said you passed Veteran’s Choice. It was passed in 2014, but it was a false statement, sir,” Reid can be heard telling the president before he abruptly ended the presser and turned to leave.
Moments before, Trump was also called out for claiming he never said that he is expecting “legal challenges” to his executive orders, a claim reporters noted he made a day earlier. Another reporter challenged Trump on whether his executive orders were “just political theater” that would be “giving people false hope.”
Trump gets frustrated when @PaulaReidCBS won't stop trying to ask him a question about why he keeps lying about Veterans Choice, then abruptly ends the news conference as "YMCA" plays pic.twitter.com/Z3uVxebKGH
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 8, 2020
And after @PaulaReidCBS asks him why he keeps lying about passing Veterans Choice, the President promptly walks out…
— Jonathan Franks (@jonfranks) August 8, 2020
EVERY TIME Trump gets a remotely difficult question or pushback, he bails. How can you spend money? Where do you get the authority? What you are saying is false. And then curtains.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) August 8, 2020