Trump Calls NBC Journalist a "Terrible Reporter" for Asking What He'd Say to Frightened

March 23, 2020

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During a Friday briefing, President Donald Trump insulted an NBC reporter who asked an innocuous question about what the president might tell Americans who are frightened about the current COVID-19 pandemic. "I guess, nearly 200 dead, 14,000 who are sick, millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now," asked Peter Alexander. "What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?" Trump responded immediately: “I say that you’re a terrible reporter. That’s what I say. I think that’s a very nasty question." After a slight pause, he continued the rant. "I think it's a very bad signal you're putting out to the American people. The American people are looking for answers and they’re looking for hope, and you’re doing sensationalism," Trump said, and then insulted NBC and Comcast, which he called "Concast." In a later appearance on MSNBC, Alexander told Chuck Todd that he was asking a "softball" question on purpose, and told Andrea Mitchell he was "trying to provide the president an opportunity to reassure the millions of Americans, members of my own family ... and plenty of people sitting at home right now. This was his opportunity to do that, to provide a sort of positive or uplifting message."