August 8, 2020 5:56PM EDT
Paula Reid of CBS News raked Donald Trump over the coals at his press briefing about why he didn’t use time in February to prepare America for the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s five facts about her.
UPDATE, 8/8/20, 5:47pm ET: Donald Trump stormed out of a August 8 press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, when Paula Reid asked him why he has lied about passing the Veterans Choice Act. The act was passed in 2014 by then-President Barack Obama. Trump has claimed innumerable times that it’s his program. The president abruptly ended the press conference and walked off as “YMCA” played.
ORIGINAL: CBS news correspondent Paula Reid, 37, stood up to President Donald Trump at his daily press briefing about the coronavirus on Apr. 13. She refused to back down from her line of questioning when he tried to talk over, and called her names when she asked why his administration failed to prepare America for the virus during the month of February. “The argument is you bought yourself some time. You didn’t use it to prepare hospitals, you didn’t use it to ramp up testing. 21 million people are unemployed. Tens of thousands of Americans are dead…How is this rant supposed to make people feel confident in an unprecedented crisis?” she said before Trump stepped over Paula’s questioning to tell her, “you’re so disgraceful. It’s so disgraceful the way you say that.”
She kept hammering away, asking “But what did you do with the time you bought? The month of February was a gap. The entire month of February.” Trump tried to argue that there were no cases in the United States and she corrected him, that there were cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. during February. “Zero cases, zero deaths on Jan. 17,” Trump claimed. Paula reiterated “February. The entire month of February. Your video has a complete gap. What did your administration do in the month of February with what your travel ban bought you?” Trump then got nasty and called her a “fake.” We’ve got five things to know about Paula.
1. Paula is CBS News’ Chief White House correspondent. Her duties for the network include covering th