OK - I am SO sorry, folks, but this really has to be read to be believed. So I'm posting just a section of the transcript from yesterday's press conference's Q&A - because of E1G1's post - which should have been just snark in a normal world. Here it goes:
Q President Trump, thank you. Yesterday, Jared Kushner said the notion of the federal stockpile was, it's supposed to be "our" stockpile. It's not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use. What did he mean by "our"? And "
THE PRESIDENT: Well, why don't you ask him?
Q And even the fact that taxpayers from every state pays for it "
THE PRESIDENT: What's that? A "gotcha"? "I gotcha." You used the word "our."
Q No, it's not a "gotcha." What did he mean by it?
THE PRESIDENT: "Our" " you know, what "our" means? United States of America. That's what it means. It means "
Q So it means the states?
THE PRESIDENT: Our. Our. It means the United States of America. And then we take that "our" and we distribute it to the states.
Q So why did he say it's not supposed "
THE PRESIDENT: Not that we have to "
Q " to be state stockpiles that they then can use?
THE PRESIDENT: Because we need it for the government and we need it for the federal government.
Q To give to the states.
THE PRESIDENT: But when the states are in trouble " no, to also keep "
Q Then who are you giving to if it's not to the states?
THE PRESIDENT: To keep " to keep for our country, because the federal government needs it too, not just the states. But out of that, we oftentimes choose " as an example, we have almost 10,000 ventilators and we are ready to rock with those ventilators. We're going to bring them to various areas of the country that need them. But when he says "our," he's talking about our country. He's talking "
Q But he makes the distinction.
THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me.
Q And, sir "
THE PRESIDENT: He's talking about the federal government. I mean, it's such a basic, simple question, and you try and make it sound so bad.
Q It's not bad. I'm just trying to "
THE PRESIDENT: You ought to be " you ought to be ashamed of yourself.
Q " understand. No " by the way, Secretary Azar "
THE PRESIDENT: You know what? You ought to be ashamed. It's such a simple question. He said "our." And "our" means for the country and "our" means for the states "
Q But then he said it's not supposed to be state stockpiles.
THE PRESIDENT: " because the states are part of the country. Don't make it sound bad. Don't make it sound bad.
Go ahead, Steve. Go ahead, back here.
Q But, Mr. President, the HHS even changed the language on the website.
THE PRESIDENT: You just asked your question. You just asked your question in a very nasty tone.
(and it goes on...)