Donald Trump snapped on Friday when asked about what Jared Kushner meant when he said the federal stockpile isn’t meant for states to use.
CBS News White House Correspondent Weijia Jiang directly quoted Kushner and asked what Trump’s son-in-law meant when he said:
“The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.”
Trump snapped right off the bat, saying, “What’s that? A gotcha – I gotcha – when you use the word ‘our.’”
“You know what ‘our’ means? United States of America. That’s what it means. ‘Our. our.’ It means United States of America,” Trump condescendingly repeated. “And then we take that ‘our’ and we distribute it to the states – not that we have to.”
When pressed on Kushner’s remarks again, Trump lost it.
“Because we need it for the government. We need it for the federal government. When the states are in – To keep for our country, because the federal government needs it too. Not just the states,” Trump argued.
He then said “we are ready to rock” with ventilators that he says are going to the states.
“But when he says ‘our,’ he’s talking about our country,” Trump again repeated.
“It’s such a basic simple question and you try and make it sound so bad. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. You know what? You ought to be ashamed. It’s such a simple question. He said ‘our.’ And ‘our’ means for the country. And ‘our’ means for the states,” Trump cried, which is exactly what Kushner said it was not for.
“The states are part of the country,” he continued. “Don’t make it sound bad. Don’t make it sound bad.”
Trump tried to move on to another reporter, but went back and berated her again.
“You just asked your question. You just asked your question in a very nasty tone.”
Take a look at the altercation below:
Trump flips out at a reporter asking about Jared Kushner's claim that the national stockpile is "our" stockpile, says "the federal government needs it too, not just the states" pic.twitter.com/H8z40yTxAn
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