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Trump Mocks Reporter Who Refused to Remove Mask as “Politically Correct”

HeadlineMay 27, 2020

President Trump accused a reporter of trying to be “politically correct” for wearing a face mask during a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday. Trump’s comment came a day after he shared a tweet mocking Joe Biden for wearing a mask during a Memorial Day event in Delaware.

President Donald Trump: “Biden can wear a mask, but he was standing outside with his wife, perfect conditions, perfect weather. They’re inside, they don’t wear masks, and so I thought it was very unusual that he had one on. But I thought that was fine. I wasn’t criticizing him at all. Why would I ever do a thing like that? And your second question was? I couldn’t hear you.”

Jeff Mason: “The second” —

President Donald Trump: “Can you — can you take it off? Because I cannot hear you.”

Jeff Mason: “I’ll just speak louder, sir.” 

President Donald Trump: “Oh, OK, because you want to be politically correct. Go ahead.”

Jeff Mason: “No, sir. I just want to wear the mask.”

President Donald Trump: “Go ahead.”

Meanwhile, Joe Biden called Trump an “absolute fool” and said his refusal to wear face masks is “stoking deaths.”

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