Yesterday, CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang promised that she had “a lot of questions” to ask Donald Trump at today’s COVID19 press briefing:
JUST IN: The President will hold a formal press briefing tomorrow for the first time since April 27th.
The topic is “testing”, which great because I have a lot of questions. pic.twitter.com/22aoqT3EjR
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) May 11, 2020
Here’s what she apparently had in mind:
Reporter: Why is this a global competition [on testing] to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives…
Trump: That’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me…
R: Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically?
T: I’m not saying it specifically to anybody pic.twitter.com/yL0KHxdoeL
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 11, 2020
How dare he?!
Weijia, you are on the best reporters in the business. We salute you!
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) May 11, 2020
Why is he saying it to her specifically? Because she, specifically, asked him the question.
Because she’s the one who asked the question ?
— Willie Stroker (@topsportsexpert) May 11, 2020
— Gib (@Gibstra) May 11, 2020
Such a gotcha garbage question. “Are you saying that to me?” How about YES! Why? Because you asked. What a ridiculous exchange.
— NYRickGrimes (@grimes_ny) May 11, 2020
Clearly the fact that Donald Trump is annoyed with Weijia Jiang has everything to do with the fact that she’s Chinese-American and nothing to do with her attempt to pull a Jim Acosta.
Did she try to turn this into a race thing? https://t.co/u9Ke0ijOOx
— Rob Schmitt (@SchmittNYC) May 11, 2020
That reporter should have her press pass yanked.
She’s the one who lied about someone calling it the Kung Flu to her. https://t.co/N900lXgrRg
— RBe (@RBPundit) May 11, 2020
To be fair, we don’t have conclusive proof that she lied about the now-infamous alleged “Kung Flu” incident … but almost two months after it supposedly happened, she has yet to reveal which “White House official” racially wounded her.
Unsurprisingly, Weijia Jiang’s effort appears to have worked. At least on lots of media firefighters.
Trump telling @Weijia to "ask China" fits into a pattern. At the first news conference of his presidency, when @AprilRyan asked him about the Congressional Black Caucus, he said "Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?" pic.twitter.com/eMPp61zSbY
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 11, 2020
You cling to that narrative, Brian Stelter et al. Bitterly.
Trump also answered in a similar way a question regarding China from a reporter not of Asian-American descent. President has been critical of China in every press briefing regardless of who asks the question. But when reflexively pushing a narrative, context becomes inconvenient. https://t.co/oL1oHrHPIw
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) May 11, 2020
Earlier in the presser, Steve Holland asked abt Chinese hackers stealing vaccine research, @realDonaldTrump: "What else is new with China? What else is new? Tell me."
President Trump’s opponents are inventing something out of nothing.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 11, 2020
At the risk of sounding like broken records, we’ll say it again: Donald Trump offers up plenty of reasons for legit criticism; the media’s constant attempts to manufacture outrage are wholly unnecessary, but they literally can’t seem to help themselves.