During a White House press briefing on Friday (March 20), President Trump stated that he was optimistic about possible drug therapy treatments for the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that the drug therapies haven't been tested in a clinical trial, the evidence was "anecdotal."
Trump was then asked by NBC White House correspondent Peter Alexander if his positive spin on the drugs being researched was giving Americans "false hope." Trump replied, "No, I don’t think so. It may work, it may not work. I feel good about. That’s all it is, it’s a feeling."
Alexander then asked about sending a message to scared Americans about the coronavirus pandemic, which seemed to anger Trump.
Trump went off on Alexander, pointing at him and telling him, "I say that you’re a terrible reporter. That’s what I say. I think that’s a very nasty question. The American people are looking for answers and they’re looking for hope, and you’re doing sensationalism."