President Donald Trump attacked another female reporter in a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday, May 20. Melania Trump's husband called the CBS News reporter Paula Reid "rude" after she asked him about the plan for the national reopening and the 36 million unemployed Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donald Trump was clearly irritated by Paula Reid's question and the way it was asked. Aside from calling her rude, he also shut her up and never let her ask another question again, just like what he did with another CBS News correspondent, Weijia Jiang.
According to The Independent, the journalist asked the POTUS why he had yet to announce a plan that would help the 36 million unemployed Americans to get back to work. She also told him that he was overseeing the historic economic despair, questioning the delay and asking where a concrete plan was.
The 45th U.S. President believed they had already announced the plan, as they were opening up the country very fast. He then said how rude of a person she was, adding the idea was to re-open each state and it was happening very effectively.
Donald Trump continued that if Paul Reid managed to see the numbers, she would be impressed, although he believed that it would be a hard thing to impress her. Reid tried to squeeze an answer from the businessman to her question, but he snapped back, saying that was enough of her and called another reporter. There were about 36 million Americans that have filed for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus outbreak began in the U.S.
Meanwhile, it was not the first time that the former television personality shut down a female reporter. In fact, when he was still holding nightly coronavirus task force briefings last month, he already scolded Paula Reid then, Deadline noted.
Also, he suddenly ended a press briefing after his heated exchange with the Asian-American reporter Weijia Jiang. It also happened with CNN's Kaitlan Collins, and PBS Newshour's Yamiche Alcindor. In an interview with the New York Post, Donald Trump also complained of Reid and Jiang's "attitude."
His battle against the journalists did not just end there. He also lashed out at another female anchor, Norah O'Donnell, when she did a segment about the coronavirus whistleblower Rick Bright on 60 Minutes.
Donald Trump is also in another controversy after he defended the use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent or avoid COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration already warned of its possible adverse side effect, especially for heart rhythm problems.