President Trump ordered White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to leave the Oval Office when he coughed during ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos’ televised interview.
“If you’re going to cough, please leave the room,” the president said as he attempted to answer a question about House Democrats’ attempts to subpoena his tax records. The interview, taped last week in part in the Oval Office, was broadcast on Sunday night.
Asked about whether he would ever release his tax returns, which he has refused to do, Trump said: “At some point, I might, but at some point I hope they get it because it’s a financ–, it’s a fantastic financial statement. It’s a fantastic financial statement … and let’s do that over, he’s coughing in the middle of my answer.”
Trump continued to express his displeasure at Mulvaney, who was named acting chief of staff in December following the resignation of John Kelly.
“I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that,” Trump said. “If you’re going to cough, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough. Boy, oh boy. OK, do you want to do that a little differently …”
Watch the moment on video below.
Pres. Trump says he “might” turn over his “financial statement” to Congress.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 17, 2019