Trump is demanding that the reporter remove his mask to ask a question at the White House press conference
Trump demands reporter remove his mask to ask a question at White House press conference – then roll his eyes if he declines
- Trump asked Reuters reporter Jeff Mason to remove his mask on Monday
- Mason offered to speak louder before Trump intervened: ‘Well if you don’t take it off you’re very muffled, so if you took it off it would be a lot easier’
- The reporter declined and politely raised his voice again and asked, “Is that better?”
- Trump rolled his eyes and replied, ‘It’s … better, yes’
President Donald Trump demanded that a reporter remove his mask to ask a question at a White House press conference on Monday.
Reuters’ Jeff Mason had just started speaking when Trump cut him off and said, “ Please take that off. You can take it off. How many feet are you away? ‘
Mason offered to speak louder, to which Trump intervened, “Well, if you don’t take it off, you’re very muffled, so taking it off would be a lot easier.”
The reporter refused to take off his mask and politely raised his voice again and asked, “Is that better?”
Trump rolled his eyes and replied, “It’s … better, yes.”
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President Donald Trump demanded that Reuters reporter Jeff Mason remove his mask to ask a question at a White House press conference on Monday.
Jeff Mason of Reuters (pictured) had just started speaking when Trump interrupted him and said, “ Please take that off. You can take it off. How many feet are you away? ‘
During the exchange, Mason’s voice was very easy to understand, despite his face covering to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
But Trump – who has sparred with reporters on numerous occasions in the past, including over masks – was visibly annoyed by Mason’s refusal to take him off.
At another point in the briefing, when another reporter took off his mask to ask a question, Trump replied, “You sound so clear.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has made fun of Mason specifically for wearing a mask.
At a briefing in May, the President asked Mason to remove his cover and then accused him of trying to be ‘politically correct’ but refused.
Most reporters in the White House press pool have insisted on wearing masks at briefings, although the president himself rarely wears one.
Trump was reluctant to be photographed wearing a mask for months, and refused several times to set one up in buildings that needed it.
In July, he finally came on board with messages from the CDC about the importance of masks and urged all Americans to wear them in public places.
The file photo above shows how reporters are spread out during press conferences