Following reports that China is hoarding personal protective equipment (PPE) in an attempt to corner the global market, President Trump wasn’t going to take questions from a reporter with ties to Beijing lying down.
The Daily Caller reports:
The reporter, who said she was with Phoenix TV, a Hong Kong-based outlet sympathetic to Beijing, began her question by noting that the Chinese government and companies like Huawei and Alibaba have donated medical supplies and equipment to the U.S. to handle coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s a statement more than a question,” Trump said after the reporter finished listing off the aid.
Trump then went on a riff about a massive trade deficit between the U.S. and China that he said he has addressed during his administration.
The reporter interjected to ask Trump, “Are you cooperating with China?”
President Trump asks a reporter “who are you working for, China?”
She says that her company is private and based in Hong Kong. pic.twitter.com/jDNcAlO4Y4
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 6, 2020
Though not wholly-owned by the Chinese Communist Party, experts consider Phoenix TV highly sympathetic to the regime, with an owner who reportedly served in the military and, to this day, maintains close ties with officials in Beijing.