Trump accuses Fox’s John Roberts of ‘working for CNN’
Roberts was starting to ask a question about the administration dismantling a key pandemic team that was part of the National Security Council and how that might have affected the government’s coronavirus response.
Trump cut him off by saying: “We didn’t do that. That turned out to be a false story. What are you, working for CNN?”
Trump has repeatedly lashed out at CNN, calling the network “fake news.”
“No no, I’m pointing out what they have said … what you have said, that’s all,” replied Roberts, who previously worked at CNN and CBS News.
“Fox isn’t so easy either; don’t kid yourselves,” was Trump’s retort before admonishing him for repeating a story “you know is false.”
In 2018, Trump’s then national security adviser John Bolton did, in fact, reorganize the NSC — and eliminated the pandemic team as part of those changes.
Trump has also been grilled on his administration’s cuts to the the CDC and WHO — something he has defended by saying he can ramp up response teams in those organizations on an as needed basis.
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"You know that's a false story" — Trump hits back at John Roberts of Fox News after Roberts correctly notes that Trump disbanded the executive branch team responsible for coordinating responses to pandemics https://t.co/6EdhaYvZ3V pic.twitter.com/K53HuNfYbY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 1, 2020