Trump to NBC's Alexander: 'You're a Terrible Reporter' 'Doing Sensationalism'

By Michael W. Chapman | March 20, 2020 | 2:14pm EDT
President Donald Trump.  (Getty Images)
President Donald Trump. (Getty Images)

( -- After NBC News reporter Peter Alexander suggested the president was offering Americans a "false sense of hope" about a drug to combat coronavirus and then asked what he would say to Americans "who are scared," President Trump said, "I think you're a nasty reporter" and "that's a very nasty question."

Trump added that Alexander and NBC were engaging in "sensationalism" and should stick to basic reporting. 

At the White House on Friday, Alexander, in reference to Trump's optimism about a malarial drug that might help fight the pandemic, the reporter said, "Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope?"

Trump answered, "No, I don't think so. It may work. It may not work. I feel good about it."

Alexander, NBC's Chief White House Correspondent, then said: "Nearly 200 dead, 14,000 who are sick, millions -- as you witnessed -- who are scared right now. What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?"

The president replied, "I say that you are a terrible reporter. That's what I say. I think that's a very nasty question. And I think that's a very bad signal that you're putting out to the American people."

NBC's Chief White House Correspondent Peter Alexander.  (Getty Images)
NBC's Chief White House Correspondent Peter Alexander. (Getty Images)

"The American people are looking for answers and looking for hope, and you're doing sensationalism," said Trump. "And the same with NBC and Concast. I don't call it Comcast, I call it Concast."  Comcast owns NBC.

Trump continued, "Let me just tell you something. That's really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting rather than sensationalism. Let's see if it [drug] works. It might and it might not. I happen to feel good about it, but who knows? I've been right a lot." 

As a reporter started to ask another question, Trump said to Alexander, "You ought to be ashamed of yourself."

Commenting on the exchange on Twitter, veteran journalist Brit Hume said, "Legitimate question my a**. It was the kind of bullsh*t gotcha question which hack WH reporters have been asking for decades."

Conservative author and commentator Dan Bongino tweeted, "It would be really awesome if we could have just one day where the media wouldn’t show us how useless they are. That would be really great."

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