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Trump Calls Reporter A 'Disgrace' For Asking Why Americans Should Trust Anything He Says Now

Trump Calls Reporter A 'Disgrace' For Asking Why Americans Should Trust Anything He Says Now

During a recent press briefing, a bold reporter asked Donald Trump, flat out, why he lied to the American people by repeatedly downplaying the danger posed by the pandemic. Not surprisingly, the President immediately launched into a full blown tantrum on national television.

The incident occurred when ABC's Jon Karl used his brief time in the presidential Q & A to ask the following very simple, very direct inquiry:

"Why did you lie to the American people? And why should we trust what you have to say now?"

Karl's question came on the heels of some bombshell reporting in a new book by Bob Woodward, famously known as one of the key contributors to the discovery of the nitty gritty details of the Watergate scandal during the Nixon era.

In the new book, aptly titled Rage, Woodward revealed that in multiple conversations he had with Trump as far back as early February and on through March, the President explained that the virus was "deadly stuff" and that he wanted "to play it down, because [he didn't] want to create a panic."

So when Karl confronted Trump with lying to the country, Trump erupted into a rambling attack on Woodward, Karl, something about phraseology and the entire ABC news network.

"That's a terrible question and phraseology. I didn't lie. What I said is we have to be calm, we can't be panicked."
"These are a series of phone calls, mostly phone calls. Bob Woodward is somebody that I respect just from hearing the name for many, many years."
"Not knowing too much about his work, not caring about his work. But I thought it would be interesting to talk to him for a period of calls. So we did that. I don't know if it's good or bad. I don't know if the book is good or bad."
"Certainly if he thought that was a bad statement, he would have reported it because he thinks that, you know, you don't want to have anybody that is going to suffer medically because of some fact. He didn't report it because he didn't think it was bad. Nobody thought it was bad."
"Wait a minute. And your question, the way you phrased that is such a disgrace. It's a disgrace to ABC television network, it's a disgrace to your employer. And that's your answer."

When Karl pressed Trump again, the President re-framed his previous attitude towards the virus as confident leadership.

"What I went out and said was very simple. I want to show a level of confidence and I want to show strength as a leader and I want to show that our country is going to be fine one way or the other."
"Whether you have one person....we shouldn't lose any because this shouldn't happen, it's China's fault."

Trump then explained how much worse it could have been.

According to the most recent statistics, over 192,000 people in the United States have died from the virus.

Twitter remained rather unconvinced by Trump's defense.

Many applauded Karl for his direct questioning.

Stay tuned for future press conferences where, undoubtedly, more rattled responses await.