Washington: US President Donald Trump exchanged testimony with an Asian journalist on Monday and suddenly ended his coronavirus press conference.
CBS News reporter Wei Jiajiang asked Trump why he continued to insist that the United States has done better than other countries in testing the virus.
“Why does that matter?” she asked. “Why is this a global competition when, every day, Americans are still losing their lives?”
“They’re losing their lives everywhere in the world,” Trump replied. “And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, OK?”
Jiang, who identifies herself in her Twitter bio as a “Chinese born West Virginian,” pushed back.
“Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically?” she said, implying it was due to her race.
“I’m saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that,” Trump said.
He then attempted to move on to another reporter as Jiang continued to press him about his response.
Trump visited another female reporter, but then immediately visited other people.
When the woman tried to ask her questions, Trump suddenly ended the press conference and then returned to the White House.
The Internet quickly gathered in Jiangshang, and the number #StandWithWeijiaJiang soon became popular on Twitter.
“I #StandWithWeijiaJiang against Trump’s racist tantrums,” tweeted “Star Trek” actor and prominent Asian-American activist George Takei.
Reporter and CNN political analyst April Ryan, who has also been on the receiving end of Trump’s words, tweeted: “Welcome to the club! This is sickening! It is his habit!”
Trump was never shy about his dislike of the news media, and he often dealt with reporters at his coronavirus press conference.
Johns Hopkins University (Johns Hopkins University) latest data on Monday showed that in the United States more than 1.3 million cases, more than 80,000 people died of the coronavirus pandemic.