Asked during a White House press conference, the Awake President asked the uff muffled ‘Reuters reporter to remove his mask – only for the reporter to the reporter
- Trump asked Reuters reporter Jeff Mason to remove his mask on Monday
- Mason offered to speak aloud before parting with Trump: ‘Well, if you don’t shut it down, you’re very nervous, so if you shut it down, it would be a lot easier’
- The reporter refused and nodded politely again, asking: ‘Is it better?’
- Trump rolled his eyes and replied: ‘It’s … better, yes’
President Donald Trump demanded that a reporter take off his mask to ask a question at a White House news conference on Monday.
Jeff Mason of Reuters had just begun speaking that Trump cut him off and said: ‘You will take it off please. You can remove it. How many feet are you? ‘
Mason offered to speak out loud, at which point Trump intervened: ‘Well, if you don’t take it, you’re very nervous, so if you shut it down, it would be a lot easier.’
The reporter refused to remove his mask and politely raised his voice again, asking: ‘Is it better?’
Trump rolled his eyes and replied: ‘It’s … better, yes.’
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President Donald Trump demanded that Reuters reporter Jeff Mason take off his mask to ask a question at a White House news conference on Monday
Jeff Mason (pictured) of Reuters had just started speaking when Trump cut him off and said: ‘You’re going to shut it down, please. You can remove it. How many feet are you? ‘
Mason’s voice was very easy to understand during the exchange, despite its face covering to prevent the spread of coronovirus.
But Trump – who has molested journalists on several occasions in the past, including about masks – was irritated by Mason’s refusal.
At another point in the briefing when another reporter masked him to ask a question, Trump replied: ‘You sound so clear.’
This is not the first time Trump specifically ridiculed Mason for wearing masks.
During a briefing in May, the president asked Mason to remove his cover and then accused him of being ‘politically correct’ or attempting to deny it.
Most reporters in the White House press pool insisted on wearing masks during the briefing, even though the president himself rarely dons.
Trump had been reluctant to be photographed wearing a mask for months, and on several occasions refused to put one in the buildings he needed.
In July he finally boarded the CDC’s message about the importance of masks and urged all Americans to wear them in public places.
The file photo above shows how journalists are excluded during press briefings