Paula Reid, the CBS News White House correspondent, who has recently made headlines for challenging the Trump administration over its coronavirus response, asked Kellyanne Conway Wednesday why President Trump‘s council to reopen the economy is predominantly rich and white.
Reid, who was criticized recently for grandstanding, asked the White House official how the council will work and if there is any thought to diversifying “what is predominantly a group of very wealthy white men.”
Conway can sometimes appear annoyed with a reporters’ gotcha questions, but on Wednesday she looked like she saw it coming.
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“Paula, I actually don’t know what’s happened to you, respectfully,” Conway said. “I don’t know why you’ve changed and you’re in the briefing room screaming at [Dr.] Anthony Fauci and the President of the United States, I frankly think it’s unbecoming,” Conway said.
Conway told Reid that she will answer the question on how Trump will help America, “because that’s why I’m here. I think you’re here for different reasons these days.”
Conway told reporters that Trump is working with business leaders from various sectors of the economy and will reopen the country in a step-by-step process, working with governors.
She said Trump had calls with some of the business leaders today.
“So he’s starting, he announced it last night, started just today, I think that list is probably less exhaustive than it is illustrative, and there will be other people raising their hand and saying ‘How can I help?’” she said.
Conway told reporters that 29 states believe they can loosen some travel restrictions and she pointed to evidence that the country is beginning to see the “curve” flatten.
She pointed out that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talked about the challenges his city continues to face, and she said he is correct. But the reality in big cities is different from large swaths of the country.
Reid, for her part, has been criticized by Trump supporters and praised by his critics.
An embarrassing video also emerged Tuesday that showed Reid refusing to leave a conference room and trying to pepper President Trump with additional questions.
Reid has been criticized of being self-promotional during combative exchanges with Trump and his health experts during coronavirus briefings.
She even asked Fauci, the country’s top disease expert and member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, if he was being coerced into making positive statements about Trump during a press conference.
“Everything I do is voluntarily,” Fauci said. “Please, don’t even imply that.”