The 20/20 special “President Trump: 30 Hours,” revealed a pet peeve of President Trump’s: coughing. In fact, an errant cough brought his interview with George Stephanopoulos to a standstill.
Since he began his 2016 campaign, Trump has been under fire for not releasing his taxes. And while discussing his administration’s most recent refusal to go public with the records, he said, “At some point I hope they get it 'cause it's a fantastic financial statement.”
While the president was talking, his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, accidentally coughed. The president was visibly upset by the distraction, stopping the interview. Trump said, “Let's do that over, he's coughing in the middle of my statement. I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that.”
While the camera operators reset, Trump warned Mulvaney, “If you're gonna cough, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough.”
Trump repeated his statement on not releasing his tax records and the interview carried on smoothly. But Trump’s reaction caused quite the reaction from viewers on Twitter.
— Brit. (@Bretana_) June 17, 2019
Trump kicking someone out of the Oval for coughing is the ONLY thing he has ever done that I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH #Trump30Hours
— Jude (@truejbru) June 17, 2019
Let’s redo this Presidency, I hear coughing. #Trump30Hours
— Teresa Fox (@kouklateresa) June 17, 2019
20/20 normally airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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