Trump to Reporter After Dr. Birx Fact-Checked Claim: ‘That’s Why Nobody Knows Who You Are, Including Me'

Nick Kangadis | April 28, 2020
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President Donald Trump is definitely the biggest public smack talker in the history of the U.S. presidency. It doesn't even seem to be close. Well, Trump got another opportunity on Tuesday.

When Trump began taking a few questions from reporters following an "unplanned" meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) at the White House, a reporter from Yahoo! News asked about why South Korea has done more COVID-19 testing "overall" than the U.S.

"Mr. President, overall South Korea has done five times more tests than the U.S. per capita. Why is that?" the reporter asked.

"I don't think that's true," Trump responded.

"That is true," the reporter fired back. "And you said this morning that the White House said that the U.S. passes South Korea in virus testing."

Following a few more words, Trump asked Dr. Deborah Birx if she had the numbers. After she explained how testing has been provided throughout the country, Birx basically fact-checked the reporter live on-air.

"Yahoo gentleman," Birx interjected. "I just want to make it clear that South Korea's testing was 11 per 100,000, and we're [the U.S.] at 17 per 100,000." 

That doesn't seem like five times more testing has occurred in South Korea compared to the U.S., but I'm not a mathematician.

Almost immediately following Birx's delivering of the numbers, Trump jumped at the opportunity to put the reporter in his place.

"Are you going to apologize, Yahoo?" Trump asked. "That's why you're Yahoo, and nobody knows who the hell you are. That's why nobody knows who you are including me."

For video of the exchange, watch below:

 

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