CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday abruptly ended an interview with White Home commerce adviser Peter Navarro following a tense alternate about President Donald Trump’s determination to initially downplay the specter of the coronavirus.

Throughout a section on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Tapper requested Navarro to debate a Feb. 7 recording with journalist Bob Woodward, launched final week, during which Trump stated the virus is 5 occasions deadlier than the flu.

Within the weeks following the recorded dialog, Trump continued to carry massive rallies regardless of realizing the virus was airborne and lethal. On Feb. 26, he informed reporters that the flu was extra harmful than the coronavirus.

“He was deceptive the general public. Why?” Tapper requested Navarro on Sunday.

Navarro, failing to instantly reply the query, laid out the White Home’s behind-the-scenes technique for addressing the virus in early February and praised Trump’s response. Public well being consultants, nonetheless, have largely attributed the US’ file variety of coronavirus circumstances to the Trump administration’s mishandling of the outbreak.

“You’re not answering my query, Peter,” Tapper interrupted. “The query is about ― you’re speaking about what you had been doing privately.”

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 20: (L-R) Jennifer Marie Brown, Jake Tapper, Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe Meyers attend the Museum of the Transferring Picture honoring Netflix Chief Content material Officer Ted Sarandos and Seth Meyers at St. Regis Resort on June 20, 2016 in New York Metropolis. (Photograph by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Pictures)

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Jake Tapper and Dana Bash seem on stage throughout Turner Upfront 2016 present at The Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard on Might 18, 2016 in New York Metropolis. (Photograph by Kevin Mazur/Getty Pictures for Turner)

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The alternate devolved into incessant crosstalk with Navarro accusing Tapper of repeatedly interrupting him and Tapper accusing Navarro of refusing to reply his query:

TAPPER: Why wasn’t the president simple with the American folks?

NAVARRO: He was simple.

TAPPER: No, he wasn’t. … Simply reply the query. It’s a really fundamental query. ... He was not trustworthy with the American folks. You’re not answering the query ―

NAVARRO: You’re mistaken. You’re not trustworthy with the American folks. CNN is just not trustworthy with the American folks. CNN ― you wanna go there?

TAPPER: I stated you’re not answering the query. Right here’s the factor. Thanks, Peter Navarro. We simply performed tape ― you didn’t reply the query.

NAVARRO: You may’t say that. I answered the query repeatedly. You simply didn’t like the reply.

As Navarro continued to defend his remarks, Tapper pulled the plug on the interview and reminded viewers that the U.S. incorporates lower than 5% of the world’s inhabitants however greater than 20% of the world’s recorded coronavirus deaths.

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