NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday accused Vice President Mike Pence of failing to answer his questions about the Trump administration's reaction to the novel coronavirus.
In an interview on Meet the Press, Todd asked the vice president why President Donald Trump had contradicted his own CDC guidelines by tweeting a call to "liberate" certain states from stay-at-home policies.
But the vice president declined to give a straight answer as he had throughout the 20 minute interview.
"But what's he tweeting?" Todd wondered. "I've given you a lot of leeway here. I've not been wanting to interrupt you. Well, that's not true, I always want to jump in on some things. I've given you a lot of leeway."
"Why is the president trying to undermine the guidance you've been laying out?" the NBC host continued. "He laid out this guidance on Thursday and undermined it on Friday."
"Chuck, I don't accept your premise," Pence replied. "And I don't think most Americans do either."
The interview earned Todd scorn on Twitter, where many argued that trying to get answers out of Pence is a waste of time.
Watch the video and read some of the tweets below.
Chuck Todd is useless. #MTP— RiverdaleBoy (@RiverdaleBoy)1587301896.0
Predictably, @chucktodd is letting @vp lie, unchecked, refuse to answer questions and not holding him accountable o… https://t.co/qwl6ZFxzg5— Commander, Elite Traffic Court Strike Force (@Commander, Elite Traffic Court Strike Force)1587301921.0
#chucktodd is doing a miserable job of interviewing #pence. No accountability.— Christine Sharp (@Christine Sharp)1587302154.0
You know I'd consider watching @MeetThePress this morning because @chucktodd is supposed to talk with @VP Mike Penc… https://t.co/x1V1aU7Nk2— 2020 VOTE BLUE!! (@2020 VOTE BLUE!!)1587302205.0
Stop the farce interview w @VP @chucktodd Make vp defend this admins lack of caring.— Joyce Black (@Joyce Black)1587302240.0
Holy hell @chucktodd stop letting #pence filibuster his horseshit. Why do I ever turn on @MeetThePress ?— ChefChad (@ChefChad)1587302374.0
Chuck Todd sucks at his job , Pence pissed all over him this morning.— Vik (@Vik)1587302418.0
Come on @chucktodd ! You’re a door mat! Trump has no mandate of the people! He lost the election and calls for… https://t.co/0i70fod5dJ— Jerry Aulik (@Jerry Aulik)1587302473.0
Chuck Todd is a horrible interviewer— Rob De Luca (@Rob De Luca)1587302476.0
Chuck Todd should have cut him off. Be tougher on these guys or don't give them free time to spread more lies. #CoronavirusLiar— Louise Krueger (@Louise Krueger)1587302542.0
Chuck Todd's ability to stop Trump from spreading false information is as useful as a paper umbrella in a shit stor… https://t.co/iJslkFw00Q— RedResistance 🇺🇸💯 (@RedResistance 🇺🇸💯)1587302594.0
the ghost of Tim Russert should come back and smack the ever loving shit out of @chucktodd hes not even a pimple o… https://t.co/BdKpa48IB3— Kanyes buthole (@Kanyes buthole)1587302614.0
Hey @chucktodd how come you haven’t made @VP answer any question? You just let him ramble and spread his BS the who… https://t.co/zYs14q7MlW— Trish (@Trish)1587302624.0
Seriously @chucktodd? What the hell was that? You need to get a set of cojones.— notwhatisignedupfor (@notwhatisignedupfor)1587302641.0
Pence blatantly lying thru his teeth and purposely rambling on and on so as to not be asked another question - Chuc… https://t.co/lxp3QOHJfJ— Go Bonas ! (@Go Bonas !)1587302650.0
Listening to @chucktodd give unfettered time to @VP on @MeetThePress is like sitting through a second grade violin… https://t.co/jfUZTda7R7— jubilee (@jubilee)1587302681.0
Chuck Todd did the worst interview ever with VP. No balls.— Kerouacky (@Kerouacky)1587302779.0
Chuck Todd needs to grow a pair. He has allowed pence on, Meet the Press, to speak but not answer one question. Jud… https://t.co/nE95UOz2TO— Ktrav002 (@Ktrav002)1587302816.0
Chuck Todd interviewed VP Pence today. Dear Chuck. You were unable to get this idiot to answer a single question! S… https://t.co/2djAVnDK5g— Owner (@Owner)1587303053.0
Pence steamrolled @chucktodd. Filibustered him good, over & over. Chuck, you feebly tried to break in, but grow a p… https://t.co/qxuSfVLiF9— Rusty Weise (@Rusty Weise)1587303072.0
Watching @MeetThePress I don't know what's more depressing. @chucktodd or the commericals. #MeetThePress— Gregory Jon (@Gregory Jon)1587304416.0
Dear @MeetThePress: The next time you have Mike Pence on (Or, really, anyone from the regime), there's no point in… https://t.co/wZvE69ItG6— George Colombo (@George Colombo)1587304419.0
My god @chucktodd is the worst interviewer in the history of the world. It’s absolutely inarguable. #MeetThePress— Matt Vogt (@Matt Vogt)1587305602.0
JFC, CHUCK TODD, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO INTERRUPT PENCE WHEN HE’S MONOLOGUING TO AVOID ANSWEING YOUR QUESTIONS!!! IT’S YOUR SHOW!!!— Jamie 😷’Grady (@Jamie 😷’Grady)1587305633.0
Well, that was an extremely bullshit filled interview @chucktodd had with the VP. Sorry Chuck, he owned you.— RTracey (@RTracey)1587305845.0
Chuck Todd is letting Pence completely control this interview and not getting any real questions in. His interview… https://t.co/saA25gYq0K— Kristen Parisi (@Kristen Parisi)1587305941.0
Fucking Chuck Todd ! Goddamn it. He just lets Pence drone on and on.— 🇺🇸Michelle🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸Michelle🇺🇸)1587305947.0
.@chucktodd needs to learn how to rein in the lies of Pence instead of just letting him go on and on with lie after lie. @MeetThePress— GencoPuraUSA (@GencoPuraUSA)1587305969.0
Watching Meet the Press. Pence is on. Chuck Todd doesn’t know how to conduct an interview that shuts down the lying and surface the truth— Eliot Howard (@Eliot Howard)1587305979.0
Hey @chucktodd, why are so bad and your job? Grow a spine and stop allowing @mikepence to steamroll you with propag… https://t.co/FKXAmJlQa9— 39 WEST PRESS (@39 WEST PRESS)1587306010.0
OMG @chucktodd - you can interrupt someone, even the VP, when they’re spewing endless, useless propaganda! Do your job!— ggindaltx (@ggindaltx)1587306017.0
Chuck Todd needs to go! STFU Pence. Another rally speech and Todd does nothing!— Theresa (@Theresa)1587306174.0
Normally, I find @chucktodd's propensity for talking over guests infuriating. But his allowing Vice President for B… https://t.co/EdRc1B8BzM— Milton Kent (@Milton Kent)1587306186.0
“I’ve given you a lot of leeway here...” What were you waiting for...?!?! @chucktodd #MeetThePress— jason (shark) (@jason (shark))1587306720.0
FFS @NBCNews what more do you need to move on from @chucktodd "hosting" @MeetThePress ??? He just let Mike Pence ga… https://t.co/54JcPYl1jj— CM (@CM)1587310364.0
#ChuckTodd interrupts Pence to say I gave you a lot of leeway BUT... and proceeds to ask some tough legit question… https://t.co/q1bIduKdap— (((Lizzy Mac))) wears a mask (@(((Lizzy Mac))) wears a mask)1587308773.0