Trump Shreds ‘Third Rate’ ABC Reporter: ‘You’ll Never Make It’ - WATCH
President responds to politicized (HHS) inspector general report
On Monday, President Donald Trump blasted ABC News reporter Jon Karl during the White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing after he pressed him about the (HHS) inspector general report claiming not all hospitals in the U.S. have enough coronavirus tests.
Trump called Karl a “third rate reporter” during the heated exchange.
The President said the report probably had been politicized due to the fact that the official who put it together was principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm.
Karl then informed Trump of Grimm’s name after another reporter said he was unaware of his name.
“When was she appointed?” Trump asked. “When was she appointed?”
“Well, I’m not sure when she was appointed,” Karl replied.
“Well, will you do me a favor? I have to know now, Jon,” Trump responded.
“Let me know now.”
Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir later in the press conference noted problems with the report, one of which that it was done in the early days of the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19.
“I don’t know the inspector general, I don’t know that person,” Giroir said regarding Grimm.
“I’ll tell you one thing that I have a problem with: If there was such a problem that she knew about or he knew about on March 23 or 24th, why did I find out about the test from them on the news media at eight 0-clock this morning? If there was a problem, I think you’re ethically obliged to tell me where that is so we can interact with it like I do every single day.”
“But that’s a discussion for the future,” Giroir added.
“I think testing is really in a good position right now, and I’d be happy to expand on some of the really good tests that are coming up," he said.
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Trump then asked Karl, “How long has that person been in government?”
“She did serve in the previous administration,” Karl answered.
“Oh, you didn’t tell me that. Oh, I see,” Trump responded.
“You didn’t tell me that, Jon. You didn’t tell me that she did serve in the previous admin, you mean the Obama Administration. Thank you for telling me that. See, there’s a typical fake news deal.”
“You asked when she was appointed,” Karl yelled.
“I told you when she was appointed.”
“You’re a third rate reporter, and what you just said is a disgrace,” Trump blasted.
“You asked me, you said, ‘sir, she just got appointed.’ Take a look at what you said. Now I said, ‘when did they — when did this person — how long in government?’ Well, it was appointed in the Obama Administration. Thank you very much, Jon. Thank you very much. You will never make it.”