Remarks by President Trump in a Press Briefing on COVID-19 Testing
Issued on: May 11, 2020
4:15 P.M. EDT
Yeah, go ahead, please.
Q [Weijia Jiang, CBS] Thank you, Mr. President. You said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes.
Q [Weijia Jiang, CBS] Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if, every day, Americans are still losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me; ask China that question, okay? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer.
Yes. Behind you, please.
Q [Kaitlan Collins, CNN] Do you want to follow up?
Q [Weijia Jiang, CBS] Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically? That I should ask China?
THE PRESIDENT: I’m telling you. I’m not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that.
Q [Weijia Jiang, CBS] That’s not a nasty question. Why does it matter, when —
THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Anybody else? Please, go ahead. In the back. Please.
Q [Kaitlan Collins, CNN] I have two –- I have two questions.
THE PRESIDENT: No, it’s okay. We’ll go over here.
Q [Kaitlan Collins, CNN] But you pointed to me. I have two questions, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Next. Next, please.
Q [Kaitlan Collins, CNN] But you didn’t — you called on me.
THE PRESIDENT: I did, and you didn’t respond, and now I’m calling on —
Q [Kaitlan Collins, CNN] Sir, I just wanted to let –-
THE PRESIDENT: — the young lady in the back. Please.
Q [Kaitlan Collins, CNN] I just wanted to let me colleague finish.
THE PRESIDENT: Okay –-
Q [Kaitlan Collins, CNN] But can I ask you a question, please?
THE PRESIDENT: — ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much. Appreciate it.
Q [Kaitlan Collins, CNN] But you called on me.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.
END 5:16 P.M. EDT