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Trump vs. PBS's Yamiche Alcindor: You Should Be Saying Congratulations Instead Of Snarky Comments

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President Donald Trump admonished PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor for making "snarky comments" and not saying congratulations to the armed forces and other entities helping to treat and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

YAMICHE ALCINDOR, PBS NEWS: Thank you Mr. President. You have said several times United States has ramped up-- sorry, talk a little quicker or a little louder. Mr. President you said several times that the United States has ramped up testing but the United States is still not testing per capita as many residents--as many res--as many people as other countries like South Korea. Why is that and when do you think that that number will be on par with other countries and Doctor--

TRUMP: Well, it's--it's very much on par. Look per capita we have areas of country that's very--I know South Korea better than anyone. It is a very tight. Do you know how many people are in Seoul? Do you know how big the city of Seoul is question mark 38 million people. That is bigger than anything we have 38 million people all tightly wound together. We have vast farmlands, we have vast areas where they don't have much of a problem. In some cases they have no problem whatsoever. We have done more test. What I didn't--I didn't talk about per capita. We have done more test by far than any country in the world by far.

Our testing is also better than any country in the world and when you look at that as simple as that looks at is something that's a game changer and every country one side, every country so rather than asking a question like that you should congratulate the people that have done this testing because we inherited--this administration inherited a broken system, a system that was obsolete. A system that didn't work. It was okay for a tiny, small group of people but once you got beyond that it didn't work. We have built an incredible system to the fact we have now done more test than any other country in the world and now the technology is really booming. I just spoke to--well, I spoke to a lot. I am not going to even mention--I spoke to a number of different testing companies today and the job that they have done and the job that they are doing is incredible but when Abbott comes out and does this so quickly it's really unreal.

In fact one company I have to say that stands out in the job and I think I can say this, I don't want to insult anybody else but Roche. Roche has been incredible and the testing job that they have done and they are ramping it up exponentially it is up, up, up. And you should be saying congratulations instead of asking a really snarky question because I know exactly what you mean by that. You should be saying congratulations to the men and women who have done this job who have inherited a broken testing system and to have made it great and if you don't say it I will say it. I want to congratulate all of the people, you have done a fantastic job and we will see you all tomorrow. Thank you very much. Thank you.



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