As he so often does when he’s asked a question about his finances, President Donald Trump got very defensive on Sunday and insisted that he’s losing “billions” by being president.
During the daily coronavirus press briefing, a reporter referenced several congressional Republicans who allegedly dumped stock after learning about the pandemic. The question to Trump was simple and straightforward: Did you or anyone in your family sell any stock during the outbreak?
A defensive Trump responded:
“That’s a nasty question. It’s a nasty question but I guess it deserved to be asked.”
And then there was this exchange, which was noted by Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour:
Q: Do you or your family sell stock amid the coronavirus outbreak?
President Trump: “I don’t have stock. I own things.”
He then called it a “nasty question” but said it “deserves to be asked.”
He adds, “It cost me billions of dollars to be president of the United States.”
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 22, 2020
Here’s the video:
“It cost me billions of dollars to be president, and I’m so happy I did it. Because who cares?”
Take a two minute tour through Trump’s mind during a historic pandemic and economic crisis. Wild. pic.twitter.com/qLOYShtqzm
— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) March 22, 2020
Kind of testy, aren’t you, Donald?
Since the president has yet to release his taxes or reveal any details about his business holdings, many on Twitter speculated that Trump is hiding something and is afraid we’ll find out that he’s making a mint while he’s in office and living off our tax dollars:
TRUMP: It cost me billions to do this job.
AMERICANS: I just lost my job and can’t afford to feed my kids this month.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) March 22, 2020
This was all cushion. It cost me billions to be President — President Trump during a pandemic update
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) March 22, 2020
“It cost me billions and billions of dollars to be president,” Trump says, lying.
Meanwhile, his own administration is helping craft a stimulus bill that is likely to send billions of taxpayer dollars to support the industry Trump’s family inhabits.
— Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) March 22, 2020
Trump complains, “It’s very hard for rich people to run for office.” And its costing him “billions of dollars” to serve as president. He repeats this point multiple time. He’s turning a pandemic into a pity party.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) March 22, 2020
People are dying, people are deathly ill, people are out of work & and have No income. Our future looks bleak.
Yet tRump make it all about him. No one thanked him for not taking a salary. He could have made billions of dollars.
Poor, poor donald. https://t.co/MtReXzQKPX
— Deacon Blue.? (@Curtis4230) March 23, 2020
If Trump is really losing so much money, there’s a simple solution: He can write out a letter of resignation and go back to running his business. Better that he bankrupt himself than the entire country.
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