President Donald Trump angrily lashed out at CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta after he called out the president for making statements that directly contradicted statements made by his own federal health experts about the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.
“What do you say to Americans who are concerned that you’re not taking this seriously enough and that some of your statements don’t match what your health experts are saying?” asked Acosta.
“That’s CNN. Fake news,” Trump snapped back.
“Press let’s go. Were finished,” Trump’s White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham could be heard shouting at reporters. “Press we’re done. We’re finished. Press we’re done let’s go!”
Acosta pressed the president on his contradictory messaging after a meeting with Wall Street bank CEOs, which took place as the Dow Jones Industrial Average officially hit “bear market” territory at its close Wednesday.
Incredible, irresponsible behavior by the President of the United States in a public health crisis. pic.twitter.com/65a3T8UFzJ
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 11, 2020
Just this morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said COVID-19 is ten times more lethal than the flu, which kills nearly 0.1 percent of Americans who get it each year.
Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said #COVID2019 is 10x times more lethal than the flu, which kills nearly 0.1 percent of Americans who get it each year https://t.co/VgWX3V7NwJ pic.twitter.com/rSPuE8UPlK
— POLITICO (@politico) March 11, 2020
Trump on Monday took to Twitter to suggest that the Flu is deadlier than COVID-19.
So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2020