Trump abruptly leaves press conference to take ’emergency’ phone call

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Donald Trump abruptly left his White House press conference on Wednesday, saying he had an “emergency” phone call to deal with.

“I have to leave for an emergency phone call. … I’ll be back. I’ll see you tomorrow, ”he said after briefly responding to a question about the administration’s work on a coronavirus vaccine and ceding the podium to White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas.

“I have a big call. A really big call, ”Mr. Trump said.

As the president exited the newsroom, a reporter asked about a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to indict police officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor earlier this year in Louisville.

“People demonstrating in the streets – what is your message to them?” asked the reporter. “People feel like they are on this carousel where another black life is taken.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany quickly walked up to the podium to introduce Dr Atlas and National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow.

“I encourage all of you to be respectful and show a little decorum here,” Ms. McEnany said.

Earlier in the press conference, Mr. Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden if he loses the November election, saying instead that election officials should “get rid” of any ballot. illegal voting.

“We’re going to have to see what happens. You know I complained strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster, ”Mr. Trump said.

This forces the Senate to confirm its Supreme Court candidate to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the 2020 election, he argued.

“I think it’s better to go before the election, because I think this scam that Democrats are pulling – it’s a scam – the scam will be in the United States Supreme Court,” Mr. Trump to reporters in the White House, referring to state agendas to step up postal voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Study after study showed virtually no large-scale voter fraud in the United States in the recent election.

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