Sunday during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Trump blasted CNN’s White House Correspondent, Jeremy Diamond, for taking the Commander in Chief’s comments about being “appreciative” out of context.
The Freedom Times previously reported, during Friday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Donald Trump had stressed that he wanted governors to “be appreciative” of the job Vice President Mike Pence, the Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, and the Army Corps of Engineers are doing for everyone across America, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The president has repeatedly suggested that states should take the leading role in acquiring needed materials to respond to the virus, and on Friday he singled out two governors who have been outspoken in calling on the federal government to do more to facilitate the response: Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.), as reported by The Hill.
“I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true,” the Commander in Chief had said of governors on Friday. “I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job. And I’m not talking about me, I’m talking about [Vice President] Mike Pence, the task force, I’m talking about FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers.”
During the briefing at the White House Rose Garden Sunday, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond told the president: “You were talking about governors of different states and you said, ‘I want them to be appreciative’. You also said, ‘If they don’t treat you right, you don’t call.’ These are direct quotes, sir.”
President Trump stopped Diamond in his tracks to correct the CNN reporter. “But I didn’t say that. I didn’t say that, it’s such a– excuse me, are you ready? Ready, ready? Take a look at what I said. I want them to be appreciative of me, okay. And then you cut it off. It’s fake news. …You know the answers a lie. Your statement and your response and your answer is a lie because here’s the story, you ready?” Continued Below
The Commander in Chief broke it down for the CNN reporter and other reporters who were listening: “I said I want you to be appreciative of me, and then you go on, and I go on, and you cut it off.”
Diamond interjected to then read the president’s full statement aloud: “You said, ‘I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that are not true. I want them to be appreciative; we’ve done a great job. And I’m not talking about me. I’m talking about Mike Pence, the task force, I’m talking about FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers.'”
“Thank you. Thank you,” the president replied while he raised his arms out to his sides. Continued Below
“But what you didn’t say– see you started if off and you talked about, ‘I have to be appreciated’. But then, when you read the rest. … If you don’t appreciate, you’re not respecting these incredible people, the two admirals, you’re not appreciating FEMA, and the Army Corps of Engineers, who built 2,900 beds in three and half days. And you’re not appreciating all of the work that’s been done,” the president explained.
“See, that’s why people aren’t watching CNN very much anymore. That’s why they don’t like it. That’s why your ratings are no good. Because you even, after knowing the truth for days now, you bring up the old lie. Read the rest of your question, the rest of your statement. You didn’t put in; you have to put that in. And it said in there FEMA, … Army Corps of Engineers,” he continued, blasting the CNN reporter.
“Because when they disrespect me, they’re disrespecting our government. And you know what? I don’t mind if I’m disrespected,” the president said. “But they can’t disrespect the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA. … But that’s why CNN is not trusted anymore. They are not trusted. They are fake news. Remember that,” the president emphasized. Video Below
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