Trump tears into media at coronavirus briefing: They want economy to stay closed, ‘would like to see me do poorly in the election’

President Trump doubled down Wednesday on his assertion that the media wants to keep the country closed in order to prevent his reelection during his daily coronavirus briefing at the White House.

After Trump had earlier slammed the “LameStream Media” on Twitter, CBS News correspondent Paula Reid asked the president if his recently announced goal of reopening the economy by Easter was solely a political strategy.

“You’ve tweeted earlier linking the closing of the country to your election success in November. Is this Easter timeline based on your political interests?” Reid asked.

“What do you mean it’s about my election success? No,” Trump responded.

“You said that the media wants the country to remain [closed] to hurt your odds of being reelected,” Reid continued.

“No, the media would like to see me do poorly in the election,” Trump said.


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