A reporter at a press conference asks a question hoping to get a direct question.
But that doesn’t happen with Donald Trump.
At today’s White House press briefing ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked Trump, “Are you able to guarantee, to assure these states, these hospitals, that everybody who needs a ventilator will get a ventilator?”
“Here’s what I’ll tell you – I think we’re in really good shape,” replied Trump. “This is a pandemic the likes of which nobody’s seen before. I think we’re in great shape. Ventilators are a big deal. We’ve distributed vast numbers of ventilators, and we’re prepared to do vast numbers. I think we’re in great shape. I hope that’s the case. I hope we’re going to have leftovers so we can help other people, other countries.”
You’ll note the Trumpster didn’t answer the question.
Still looking for an answer, Karl repeated, “Will everyone who needs one be able to get a ventilator?”
“Look, don’t be a cutie pie, ok?” snapped Trump. “Nobody’s ever done what we’ve done. Nobody’s done anything like we’ve been able to do. And everything I took over was a mess. It was a broken country in so many ways, in so many ways other than this. We had a bad testing system, we had a bad stockpile system, we had nothing in the stockpile system. So I wouldn’t tell me what you’re — you know, like, being a wise guy.”
Still no answer as to if everyone who needs a ventilator will get one. Just a word salad.
Watch the exchange below.
JON KARL: So everybody who needs a ventilator will be able to get one?
TRUMP: "Look, don't be a cutie pie. 'Everyone who needs one'- nobody's ever done what we've done. Nobody's done anything like we've been able to do. Everything I took over was a mess. It was a broken country" pic.twitter.com/5eN8Q3pzrA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 27, 2020
After being critical of some states’ governors, Trump was asked what more he wanted the governors to do?
Trump answered, “I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true. I want them to be appreciative.”
He added later, “You know what I say? If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call.”
So, for Americans to get help from the federal government, Trump needs his butt kissed. Got it.
REPORTER: What more specifically do you want the [governors] to do?
TRUMP: All I want them to do — very simple — I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true. … You know what I say? 'If they don't treat you right, I don't call.' pic.twitter.com/vl3GPLw2ra
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) March 27, 2020