Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing, March 30, 2020
Q: I would also like to ask you about some comments you made on Friday. You were talking about governors of different states, and you said, “I want them to be appreciative.” You also said, “If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call.”
THE PRESIDENT: But I didn’t say that. I didn’t say that.
Q: These are direct — direct quotes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: No, it’s such a — excuse me. Ready? Ready? Ready? Take a look at what I said. I want them to be appreciative of me — okay? — and then you cut it off, because it’s fake-news CNN.
Q: (Inaudible) of you and of your administration. Absolutely.
THE PRESIDENT: Listen. Just, please, let me just finish. You just said it again, and you know the answer is a lie.
Q: I could read you your full comments, sir, if that would be easier.
THE PRESIDENT: You know that your statement is a lie. Let me just say — look, your statement and your response and your answer is a lie, because here’s the story. Are you ready? I said, “I want you to be appreciative of me,” and then you go on, and then I go on, and you cut it off. But it says, because when you’re not —
Q: You said, “I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true. I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job. And I’m not talking about me, I’m talking about Mike Pence, the task force. I’m talking about FEMA…” —
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.
Q: — “…and the Army Corps of Engineers.”
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.
Q: But then you went on to say, “If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call. He’s a different type of person,” you said —
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t call.
Q: — referring to the Vice President.
THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t call. No, I don’t call the governor of Washington now.
Q: But why in this time of —
THE PRESIDENT: But Mike Pence calls, and the head of FEMA calls. I don’t stop them. ... No, I don’t have to call because I’m probably better off not, because we don’t get — he’s a failed presidential candidate. He’s a nasty person. I don’t like the governor of Washington. So you know who calls? I get Mike Pence to call. I get the head of FEMA to call. I get the Admiral to call. But what you didn’t say — see, you started it off and you talked about “I have to be appreciated,” but then, when you read the rest, it said: Because if you don’t appreciate, you’re not respecting these incredible people — the two admirals. You’re not appreciating FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers who built 2,900 beds in three and a half days, and you’re not appreciating all of the work that’s been done, and you’re not appreciating these incredible people from private enterprise that are delivering things in numbers that nobody has ever seen. See, and that’s why people aren’t watching CNN very much anymore. That’s why they don’t like it. That’s why your ratings are no good, because you even — after knowing the truth for days now, you bring up the old lie. Read the read — the rest of your question, the rest of your statement, you didn’t put in. You have to put that in. And it said in there “FEMA,” and it said in there “Army Corps of Engineers.” Because when they disrespect me, they’re disrespecting our government.