WATCH: CBS News’ Weijia Jiang Accuses Trump of “Racism” During White House Press Briefing
On Monday afternoon, CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang accused President Donald Trump of being “racist” after he responded to her question by saying that he was specifically referring to her when he said, “go ask China.”
The heated exchange began when Jiang remarked that the President had repeatedly claimed that the US did far better in terms of testing than in any other country in the world. To which Trump gave a resounding “yes.”
Jiang then proceeded to ask her question: “Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you?” She then continued, “if everyday Americans are still losing their lives, and we’re still seeing more cases every day.” Trump responded that the Chinese virus had cost lives “everywhere in the world’. He remarked, “And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, okay? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer.”
The President was clearly referring to the accusations against the Communist country, and its deliberate decision to underreport the real number of coronavirus deaths, thus misleading other countries on the massive implication of the coronavirus. Jiang, who is of Chinese descent, took Trump’s comments personally, by claiming that Trump was clearly referring to her when he said that she should go and ask China.
By then, Trump became agitated by the reporter’s seeming lack of context. He defended his comments by saying that his response was not targeted at anyone and went on to describe her question as “nasty.”
Trump then moved to answer other questions. However, Jiang was having none of it. She went on to interrupt Trump by repeatedly saying that her question wasn’t nasty at all. The President tried to dismiss Jiang’s comments by calling out a different reporter. The rest of the briefing descended into chaos, as another reporter tried to interject. As the rest of the media tried to fend off each other, Trump had enough, and abruptly ended the briefing and quietly turned his back.
This is not the first time that Jiang had criticized the administration. In fact, back in 2018, the Chinese-American reporter claimed that a disgruntled former official, Omarosa Manigault believed that Trump had used the “N-word” and that an audio-recording of such comments exists.
Then, in March of 2020, Jiang reported she had received a tip from an anonymous source, who claimed that Trump had used the term “Kung Flu” to refer to the deadly coronavirus. As if her barrage of heated exchange was not enough, Jiang asked Trump what White House adviser Jared Kushner meant when he referred to the federal stockpile as “our.”
Earlier during the Rose Garden press briefing, Jiang repeatedly asked misleading questions against Trump. The first one is when she accused him of delaying widespread testing, and later, asked why he believed that the Democrats value politics, more than public safety- to which all Trump responded calmly.
Even CNN Brian Stelter accused Trump and Jiang’s exchange as “racist.” He also claimed that Trump’s response was proof that he had been “rattled” by Jiang’s previous questions.