Peter Navarro was on Sunday abruptly cut from his
interview after a heated debate over Donald Trump 'downplaying' the threat of the coronavirus.
"Why wasn't the President straightforward with the American people?" CNN's @jaketapper presses White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on President Trump concealing the threat of Covid-19 https://t.co/BfoWL4UaMV #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/iIt5rIvHvV— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 13, 2020
The president's aide told Jake Tapper: 'You just don't want to listen, Jake', adding: 'This is not fair, Jake. You're constantly interrupting me and you're not letting me talk.' He then accused Tapper of 'cherry picking'.
State of the Union host Tapper had asked Navarro why Trump 'acknowledged to Bob Woodward behind closed doors coronavirus was five times deadlier than the flu, misleading the American people'. He added: 'Why wasn't he honest?'
Navarro told Tapper: 'I am answering your question. You just don't like the answer.'
Peter Navarro was on Sunday abruptly cut from his CNN interview after a heated debate over Donald Trump 'downplaying' the threat of the coronavirus. The president's aide told Jake Tapper: ' You just don't want to listen, Jake'
He added: 'The answer is in February all the way through the middle of March when the world health organization finally said there was a pandemic and China was hiding the information, finally, that's when we knew that there was a pandemic.
'And you know what, Jake, we were at that point prepared for the worst. In February we were moving mountains on PPE, therapeutics, testing and vaccines so that in the time that we needed those things we got those things.'
Trump spoke privately about the deadly nature of the coronavirus in recorded interviews even as he was publicly downplaying the severity of COVID-19 early this year, before the pandemic would take nearly 200,000 American lives and counting.
On Sunday Navarro was probed about the comments. His interview was then ended as Tapper said: 'He [Trump] knew it was deadlier than the flu and he was lying to the American public two weeks later.
'I'm not cherry picking. He was not honest with the American people. You're not answering the question.'
Navorro replied: 'You're not honest with the American people. CNN is not honest with the American people.'
Cutting in Tapper said: 'Okay. You want to go there? I said you're not answering the question. Thank you, Peter Navarro. We just played tape. You didn't answer the question.
'Okay. Peter Navarro, thank you so much. I appreciate your time today.'
Earlier in the interview Tapper told Navarro he was 'wrong' after the aide claimed: 'He was called a xenophobe and a racist by Joe Biden.'
Navarro added: 'This is not fair, Jake. You're constantly interrupting me and you're not letting me talk.'
Tapper replied: 'You're talking about something else. It's