Reporter Challenges Trump’s ‘Obamagate’ Claims at Coronavirus Press Conference

A reporter from the Washington Post challenged President Donald Trump about his accusation over the weekend that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama “committed the greatest crime in American political history.”

Trump declined to describe the crime, although he called it “Obamagate.”

“It’s been going on for a long time. It’s been going on from before I even got elected,” Trump said.

“You know what the crime is,” the president said. The crime is very obvious to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours,” he said.

Moments later, the president got into a testy exchange with another reporter, who questioned his assertion that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing, given the tens of thousands of deaths due to the coronavirus.

“Why does that matter,” she asked. “Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives, and we’re still seeing more cases every day?”

Trump told the reporter that she should ask China that question.

“When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer,” he said.

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In This Story: Barack Obama

Barack Obama is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

Obama left office in January 2017 and continues to reside in Washington, D.C.

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