US President Donald Trump said that his administration has ”met the moment” and ”prevailed” on coronavirus testing. Trump told reporters that everyone who wants a test can get one, although officials later clarified that he was referring to everyone who ”needs” a test.
The briefing followed reports that two White House staffers were infected with the novel virus. A subsequent order now means employees must wear masks when working in the West Wing, where the presidential office is located.
Trump also confirmed that Mike Pence had tested negative. The vice president took the test after his press secretary tested positive for COVID-19.
The daily briefing came to an abrupt halt after Trump had an argument with an Asian-American reporter. CBS News reporter Weija JIang asked Trump why he insisted that the US was doing better than other countries when it came to testing for the virus.
Trump replied: “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?”
“Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically?” she said.
“I’m saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that,” Trump said.