Trump Now Claims He 'Didn't Say' New York Was Exaggerating Its Ventilator Needs, but Video Shows Otherwise
President Donald Trump held his pandemic press briefing in the Rose Garden on Sunday—but his mood was far from rosy.
One particularly heated exchange came when he took a question from PBS NewsHour's White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.
Alcindor asked Trump about the the skepticism he expressed that New York—the epicenter of the health crisis facing the United States—was exaggerating the number of lifesaving ventilators it needs to help curb the virus.
Trump interrupted Alcindor, claiming he "didn't say" that, then proceeded to berate her for her so-called "threatening" question.
"You've said repeatedly that you think that some of the equipment governors are requesting, they don't actually need. You said New York might not need 30 thousand—"
"I didn't say that. I didn't say that. Why don't you people...why don't you act in a little more positive? It's always trying to get me. Getcha, getcha. You know what, that's why nobody trusts the media anymore."
Though the President didn't reciprocate, Alcindor remained professional and repeated her question despite the President's attacks on her journalistic integrity in front of her colleagues.
What's more, Alcindor was right—and video proves it.
Alcindor referred to statements Trump made on far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity's show.
"I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they're going to be. I don't believe you need 40 thousand or 30 thousand ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, they'll have two ventilators and now all of a sudden they're saying, 'can we have 30 thousand ventilators?'"
Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made clear that New York has yet to reach the height of the pandemic. The current number of ventilators is not enough to treat all of the infections to come, which could force doctors into rationing them and choosing not to treat patients with less optimistic prognoses.
Alcindor later pointed out that Trump did, in fact, express skepticism that New York was asking for ventilators they didn't need.
People called Trump out for responding to his own words with petty attacks.
They praised Alcindor for holding him accountable when so many others won't.
This was far from the first time Trump personally attacked Alcindor for doing her job.
Astonishingly, Trump denied his own words again in the same press conference when CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond asked Trump to elaborate on his Friday statements that governors aren't being "appreciative" enough of him and his administration.
If a President isn't beholden to congressional oversight, basic transparency, and even his own words, how can he be beholden to the American people?
For more stories of Trump's ineptitude from people who were there, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.
Coronavirus Patient Slams CDC for Clearing Her to Take Domestic Flight Despite Showing Symptoms of the Virus
Officials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are facing criticism from a Florida woman after they permitted her to take a domestic flight, despite showing flu-like symptoms and visiting Italy, where new cases of the novel coronavirus continue to emerge.
Upon arriving in New York, the woman warned CDC officials about her condition, but they told her that she didn't pose a risk and allowed her to proceed to the connecting flight towards her Florida destination.
President Donald Trump recently paid $2 million in damages after an order from a New York state judge. The tax-exempt Trump Foundation misused funds meant for charity, instead buying portraits of Donald Trump, paying off Trump's lawyers, and partially funding his 2016 presidential campaign.
However, the judge's ruling doesn't just address the President—but his children as well.
After Trump Changed His Residence to Florida, NY's Governor Trolled Him With a Farewell Tweet for the Ages
President Donald Trump is a lifelong New Yorker, albeit not a typical one. He's partied at Studio 54 and he has buildings emblazoned with his name, but New York's hardly loved him back, despite his being one of the city's most familiar faces.
Trump recently filed to change his residency from New York to Florida—even referring to Trump Tower as his former home. After the story broke, the President addressed the move on his Twitter account.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Used Croissant Prices to Prove a Point about the Minimum Wage and It Went Right Over Ted Cruz's Head
After an attempt at being clever on Twitter, the new hip Republican Senator Rafael "Ted" Cruz—complete with beard and cravats—drew mainly mockery. The Senator tried to disparage a tweet about minimum wage.
On Monday, freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted about a living wage for workers. She posted:
Living in the United States without proper documentation is not easy, especially as raids on populations of immigrants living in small communities across the nation are rapidly increasing under the Trump administration’s watch.
The men and women of America’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) make arrests daily. North Carolina is a recent and significant example, where ICE arrested at least 40 people in the second week of April alone, according to ICE spokesman Brian Cox.
Dr. Ricardo Cruciani was arrested on rape charges in New York City on Tuesday and pled guilty to groping women at a Philadelphia clinic for years in November 2017. The past charges for the neurologist include multiple counts of sexual abuse. According to Philadelphia Magazine, Cruciani "fondled and groped women under his care," "tried to forcibly kiss a woman in his office," "tried to force a woman to touch his penis," and would also masturbate in front of patients. In November 2017, Cruciani pled guilty in Philadelphia Municipal Court to misdemeanor counts of sexually predatory behavior, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was sentenced to seven years probation and had to register as a sex offender.
According to NJ.com, his latest arrest for rape was spurred by a former patient, Hillary Tullin, 45. Tullin called a sexual abuse hotline last year, alleging that Cruciani repeatedly abused her between 2005 and 2012. Cruciani previously worked at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.