US President abruptly ends a press conference about the COVID-19 after getting into a testy exchange with an Asian-American reporter.

Iran PressAmerica: US president Donald Trump abruptly halted a press conference on Monday after being challenged by an Asian American reporter whom he told: "Don’t ask me. Ask China."

The reporter asked the president about why he held a 'global competition' mentality about statistics related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

"Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world, and maybe that’s a question you should ask China," responded the president, who often compares the United States's testing ability and mortality rates with other countries. "Don’t ask me. Ask China that question, OK? When you ask that question, you may get a very unusual answer," Trump said.

"Why are you saying that to me specifically?" asked the CBS reporter, who was born in China and raised in the US.

"I’m not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that," Trump said in response.

Earlier in the press conference, another reporter asked Trump about his tweet Sunday accusing former US president Barack Obama of the 'biggest political crime in American history, by far!' The reporter asked Trump what exact crime he was saying Obama had committed. "You know what the crime is," Trump said.

The US president ended the news conference abruptly after a CNN reporter insisted on asking a question despite the his disapproval.

Trump has been at war with what he refers to as 'fake news' and the 'enemy of the people', mostly media networks criticizing his administration’s performance.

Two giant banners hung behind the podium declaring "America leads the world in testing."

"We have hundreds and hundreds of people a day pouring into the White House. It’s a massive office complex," Trump said, adding: "So I think we’re really doing a very good job in watching it, and I think it’s very well contained, actually. And part of the reason, it is because of all the tests we’re able to give."

The death toll from the Coronavirus in the United States has now reached 80, 087 people. Just two months ago, on March 11, the death toll was 38 people.


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