Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar lauded the “fundamentals” of President Donald Trump’s “unbelievable” economy on Monday but refused to take questions from reporters.
In a statement made in the White House driveway, Azar spoke about the economy instead of giving an update on the novel coronavirus.
“President Trump has delivered a historically strong economy,” Azar said. “The fundamentals in this economy are unbelievable. Whether it’s employment or wage growth or productivity or international trade deals, the fundamentals remain what they are.”
“President Trump is leading a whole of government response with the vice president helping him on the public health issues that we’re facing with the novel coronavirus,” he added. “That is his number once concern. In terms of the economy, he and his economic team have the tools to keep this economy going strong.”
Before walking away, Azar acknowledged that he knew the reporters standing around him had “a lot of questions.”
“I’ll see you all later today, I’m sure,” he said.
Watch the video below from C-SPAN.
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In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.
As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.
Trump security advisor goes off on Antifa rant to duck grilling on president’s ‘vicious dogs’ protester threat
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien ducked directly defending the president's Saturday threat to use "vicious dogs and ominous weapons" of Washington D.C. protesters, by instead talking about supposed Antifa activity during the George Floyd protests.
After reading the president's tweet, host Tapper pressed, "Do you think messages like that are helping to unite the country and calm fears?”
With O'Brien noting, "[Trump] was trying to de-escalate. He didn’t want violence, he’s trying to stop the violence that we saw that took place overnight," he then went on to drag in reports being pushed by Donald Trump's administration that Antifa -- which he mentioned frequently during the entire interview -- had taken over the protests.
WATCH: NYC cop filmed pulling down Black protester’s mask so he can pepper spray him in the face
In a video posted to Twitter by Anju J. Rupchandani, a man she claimed was her nephew had his protective COVID-19 mask pulled down by a New York City police officer so that he could spray him in the face at close range with pepper spray.
In the video, the young man can be seen with his hands in the air and making no move towards the white officer who suddenly reaches out to yank down the mask and blast him with the noxious spray.
As Rupchandani wrote, "I am heartbroken and disgusted to see one of my family members a young black man w/his hands up peacefully protesting and an NYPD officer pulls down his mask and pepper sprays him.