Donald Trump made an appearance at Vice President Mike Pence’s press conference on Saturday where he was confronted by MSNBC’s Kelly O’Donnell for sending “mixed messages” about how to handle the coronavirus.
O’Donnell noted that Trump had been contradicting the CDC’s advice to avoid contact that could spread the virus by shaking hands on national television.
Trump explained that he did it out of habit, while also defending manhandling the microphone for other speakers.
After the White House correspondent asked, “Why are you shaking hands?” Trump responded, “It’s almost a habit. Frankly, I was a non-handshaker for the most part. I know it, too political people walk up. They want to shake my hand and I say, well –,” before the reporter tried to get a word in.
“Wait a minute, just take it nice and easy, just relax,” Trump cut her off. “People come up to me and somebody put their hand out and it’s a natural reflex and we’re all getting out of it — all of us have that problem.”
Take a look at the altercation below: