President Trump called ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl a “cutie pie” and wise guy for asking if everybody who needs a ventilator will get one at the Friday coronavirus press conference.
QUESTION: This is the question I want–the question I was building up to is are you able to guarantee it, to assure the states, these hospitals that everybody who needs a ventilator will get a ventilator? TRUMP: So here is what I will tell you. I think we are in really good shape. This is a pandemic the likes of which nobody has seen before. I think we are in great shape. I think the number one we have distributed–a ventilator is a big deal. We have distributed vast numbers of ventilators and we are prepared to do vast numbers. I think we are in great shape. I hope that is the case. I hope that we are going to have left over so that we can help other people, other countries. QUESTION: Everybody who needs will be able to get a ventilator? TRUMP: Look, look, don’t be a cutie pie, okay? Everyone who needs one–nobody has ever done what we have done, nobody has done anything like we have been able to do and everything I took over was a mess. It was a broken country in so many ways, in so many ways other than this. We had a bad testing system. We had a bad stockpile system, we had nothing in the stockpile system so I wouldn’t tell me what you are telling–you know like being a wise guy. Go ahead.