PBS Reporter Yamiche Alcindor Grills Trump About Disbanding Pandemic Response Team, Trump Calls Her Question 'Nasty'
The president thought it was a "nasty question."
March 16, 2020 at 5:47 pm
President Trump is repurposing the verbiage he's famous for using against women who force him to come face-to-face his own incompetency.
Yamiche Alcindor, a Black reporter for PBS NewsHour, was accused by the president of asking a "nasty" question when she inquired about his 2018 decision to disband the U.S. pandemic response team.
"What responsibility do you take to [disbanding the White House pandemic team]?" Alcindor asked at a Friday press conference.
During the conference, Trump finally declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a national emergency after he downplayed its significance. Alcindor took the opportunity to ask Trump what's his responsibility in the outbreak, Mediaite reports. Although it was simple, the question put Trump in an uncomfortable spot, given that the White House dissolved an office dedicated to handling pandemics like the coronavirus back in May 2018, The Washington Post reports.
"My first question is you said that you don't take responsibility but you did disband the White House pandemic office and the officials that were working in that office left this administration abruptly. So what responsibility do you take to that?" Alcindor asked Trump. "The officials that worked in that office said that the White House lost valuable time because that office was disbanded. What do you make of that?"
In typical Trump fashion, when asked a tough question, he blames the news media for pointing out his flaws, denies any responsibility, or dismisses the question, or the person who asked it, as "nasty." In this instance, however, we got a combination of all three.
"Well, I just think it's a nasty question because what we've done, and [Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] Tony [Fauci] had said numerous times that we saved thousands of lives because of the quick closing," Trump told Alcindor. "And when you say me, I didn't do it. We have a group of people…I could have perhaps ask Tony about that because I don't know anything about it. I mean you say we did that, I don't know anything about it. It's the administration, perhaps, they do that. You know people let people go."
"You used to be with a different newspaper than you are now, you know things like that happen. We are doing a great job. Let me tell you, these professionals behind me and these great incredible doctors and business people, the best in the world, and I can say that whether it's retailers or labs or anything you want to say…These are the best in the world," Trump told Alcindor. "We are doing a great job."
Trump's reaction led several online to praise Alcindor.
trump cant handle being questioned by anybody,but particularly black women. Showing his disdain for Yamiche Alcindor by telling her her question was “nasty” wasnt 1st time trump dissed her. A few months ago he scolded her for asking a “racist question” about white nationalism.(1) pic.twitter.com/xYNjHt6dh6
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) March 16, 2020
A self-indulgent trojan Horse
Every time he open his mouth winnies his mouthtard
pumps out the evility
Takes no responsibility for any of this freaking asshole
Watch Yamiche Alcindor go pic.twitter.com/qo2fZW7b6e
— CAROLYN JO BATLINER. acct 1 of2 (@BatlinerJo) March 14, 2020
"That's a nasty question." – Donald Dipshit, #FakePresident, mad at Yamiche Alcindor. He disbanded the Pandemic Response Team because he was jealous of Obama. #TrumpIsINSANE and should be in a prison mental ward. #MorningJoe
— Quantum Mechanic® (@JamesEFinch) March 16, 2020
Alcindor is a Haitian American from Miami, Florida. She attended Georgetown University where she majored in English and government with a minor in African American studies. She eventually got her master's at New York University where she studied broadcast news and documentary filmmaking, according to an interview with The Freedom Forum Institution. This isn't the first time she's been met with the 45th president's ire.
In November of 2018, Alcindor was one of three Black female journalists the president verbally attacked within a week. He accused Alcindor of asking a "racist" question after she asked about his labeling of himself as a nationalist.
Although she is considered relatively young, Alcindor has a ton of journalism experience, having interned or worked professionally for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsday, The Seattle Times and The Miami Herald.