Trump hijacks White House press briefing on coronavirus to air "campaign-style" ad against the media

Trump said White House staff created the montage — to keep the press "honest"

By Matthew Chapman
Published April 14, 2020 3:00AM (EDT)
President Donald Trump takes questions during press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump takes questions during press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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At Monday's coronavirus task force press conference, after President Donald Trump displayed a video montage of out-of-context, positive-sounding quotes about his response to the pandemic that appeared to have been the same video shared during a Sean Hannity segment, reporters asked him where that clip had come from.

Trump's response was that Dan Scavino and White House staff had thrown it together "in the past 2 hours or so" — "and the reason they did was to keep you honest … [but] I don't think it will work."

He also complained that he is not getting credit for solving the ventilator shortages and other medical problems surrounding the pandemic — even though he hasn't actually done so.


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