Trump on Romney being quarantined: "Gee, that's too bad." He then denies he was being sarcastic (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump held another press briefing with the coronavirus task force from the White House on Sunday, with Dr. Fauci notably absent.
There was rampant speculation that Trump didn't want him there due to him hiding his face in shame after Trump called the State Department, "The Deep State Department" on Friday.
Trump was his usual self. He was told that Senator Mitt Romney was recently self-quarantining after being in contact with Senator Rand Paul, who found out earlier Sunday that he had tested positive for Covid-19. Trump appeared to take delight in the news: "Gee, that's too bad."
Remember: Romney voted to convict Trump during his trial.
When Trump was asked if he was being sarcastic by the comment, he said he wasn't, but the video is pretty obvious.
Trump was also asked some pretty tough questions. One of those related to Trump's recent firing decisions. The president was caught off guard with this and deflected to someone else.
REPORTER: Your administration eliminated a key position in China in July -- a medical epidemiologist embedded in China's disease control agency. This was just months before the first cases were spotted in Wuhan. Why did you do that?
TRUMP: "Well, I could ask, uh, anybody ... do you want to take that one Bob?"
Trump then preceded to try and explain away the question and insinuated that the information was false before he was able to get a response from his team.
Trump was also asked to commit that no money from the emergency stimulus bill (not yet passed) would go to his own properties.
"I have no idea what they're talking about. Everything is changing. But I have no idea ... let's just see what happens."
Basically, he declined to answer.