On Wednesday, President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway said that Paula Reid from CBS News has changed her reporting approach.
“Paula, I actually don’t know what’s happened to you, respectfully. I don’t know why you’ve changed,’’ said Conway.
According to The Hill, Conway’s comments were made to a gaggle of reporters outside the White House following the announcement of a list of members chosen for President Trump’s coronavirus task force focused on reopening the economy. Conway described the list as “less exhaustive than it is illustrative,’’ adding that there will be other people raising their hands and saying ‘How can I help’?’’
“We don’t pick who the heads of the sports commission leagues or which CEOs of companies want to help,” said Conway, to which Reid replied:
“But you do pick your taskforce – you could pick small businesses, you could pick other people or groups. Who is this?’’
“Paula, I actually don’t know what has happened to you, respectfully. I don’t know why you’ve changed. And you are in the briefing room screaming at Anthony Fauci and the president. But that aside, I’ll answer the question about how they are going to help America, which is why I’m here. I think you’re here for a different reason, it seems these days. I am here and the council has stepped up because they want to help Americans,’’ said Conway.
Conway was obviously provoked after Reid asked Anthony Fauci (infectious disease doctor and White House coronavirus task force member) on Monday to give his opinion about his comments about social distancing as Fauci said earlier on CNN that if we had these measures earlier a lot of lives could have been saved.
After Reid asked him about those comments, Fauci said that they were a poor choice of words, to which Reid replied:
“Are you doing this voluntarily or did the president or the vice president ask?’’
“Everything I do is voluntary. Please, don’t even imply that,’’ said Fauci.
Fauci has been serving the government ever since Roland Reagan was in charge. He was the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.