The inspector general released a report on Monday that found “severe” shortages of testing for the virus as well as a “widespread” lack of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.
However, when asked about the report during a press conference at the White House, Trump said, “It’s just wrong.”
He asked, “Did I hear the word inspector general?”
He continued to ask who the inspector general is and when they were appointed, “Where did he come from, the inspector general?”
When ABC News’ Jon Karl said the inspector general “did serve in the previous administration,” Trump fired back.
“Oh, you didn’t tell me that. Oh I see. You didn’t tell me that, Jon. You didn’t tell me that […] You mean the Obama Administration. Thank you for telling me that, see there’s a typical fake news deal,” Trump said.
He continued, “Look, look, you’re a third-rate reporter, and what you just said is a disgrace, Okay?”
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President @realDonaldTrump BERATES @jonkarl for question on HHS Inspector General after Karl reveals the official was appointed during the Obama administration.— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) April 6, 2020
"You're a third-rate reporter and what you just said is a disgrace, OK? … You will never make it." pic.twitter.com/PKVaUHqUr2
Trump appeared to suggest that Karl had asked a misleading question by suggesting that the inspector general had recently been appointed despite serving in a position in the Obama administration.
CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted that the inspector general is Christi Grimm, the deputy general inspector general for HHS, who was appointed to that position in January.