(CNSNews.com) - A reporter on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump if his hoped-for Easter timeline for some businesses to reopen "is based on your political interest."
"You tweeted you said that the media wants the country to remain closed to hurt your odds that being reelected," the reporter told the president.
The question annoyed the president:
"No, no, I think the media--yeah, no, the media would like to see me do poorly in the election. I think--I think--"
The reporter interrupted him: "Lawmakers and economist on both sides of the aisle have said that reopening the country by Easter is not a good idea. What is that plan based on?"
"Just so you understand--are you ready?" he asked.
I think there are certain people that would like it not to open so quickly. I think there are certain people who would like it to do financially poorly because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls. And I don't know if that's so, but I do think it's so, that a lot of--that there are people in your profession that would like that to happen. I think it is very clear--
I think it is very clear that there are people in your profession that write fake news. You do, she does. There are people in your profession that write fake news. They would love to see me, for whatever reason, because we've done one hell of a job. Nobody has done the job that we have done. And it is lucky that you have this group (task force) here right now for this problem or you wouldn't even have a country left.
‘How many deaths are acceptable to me?! None’
Another reporter asked Trump, "How many deaths are acceptable" if he allows some people to return to work in stages.
"How many--none, okay? How many deaths are acceptable to me? None. Okay? None, if that's your question," Trump said.
We have tested by far more than anybody. We are testing more than anybody right now, there's nobody even close and our tests are the best tests, they're the most accurate tests.
But if you're saying we are going to test 350 million people -- I watched his statement. I disagree with it. We can go to certain states, I could name them now but I'm not going to do that, but we can go to certain states right now with virtually no problem or very small problem.
We don't have to test the entire state in the Middle West, wherever they may be. We don't have to test the entire state. I think it is ridiculous. We don't have to do it.
A lot of those states could go back right now, and they probably will, because at some point in the not-too-distant future, certain states are going to come off the rolls. Maybe New York can't, and maybe California can't, maybe the State of Washington can't, although if you look at them, their biggest problem was in one nursing home.
Trump repeated that "many states that I'm talking about, they don't have a problem."
"We have some big problems, but it's confined to certain areas, high density areas. So why would we test the entire nation, 350 million people?
"With that being said, I'm going to say it again. We tested far more than anybody else, we are--we have the ability to test -- I mean we've come a long way from an obsolete, broken system that I inherited.
"We have now tested with the best test far more than anybody else. And when I say anybody else, I'm talking about other countries. No country is even close. ...But no, I--I don't want to test 350 million people. I think it's ridiculous."