DONALD TRUMP walked out of a news conference after a reporter accused him of making a ‘false statement’.
The US president got into a strop when CBS journalist Paula Reid asked him why he was taking credit for a law, which gives extra support for war veterans, that was actually passed six years ago by his predecessor Barack Obama.
She said: ‘Why do you keep saying you passed Veterans’ Choice? It was passed in 2014. It was a false statement, Sir.’
Mr Trump responded: ‘OK, thank you very much everybody’ — and then stomped off stage as the Village People hit YMCA played in the background.
It happened during a question-and-answer session at a golf course the president owns in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Dozens of club members attended the event, cheering Mr Trump’s comments and booing reporters’ questions.
However, things really came to a head when Ms Reid fact-checked the president on his earlier claim that he had signed into law the Veterans’ Choice Act.
This gives extra health care, education and other support to former members of the US military.
He had also boasted that previous presidents had tried and failed to do so for ‘decades and decades and decades’.
The law was actually introduced by Mr Obama in 2014. Mr Trump only signed a 2017 expansion of the act to help whistleblowers and improve accountability.
Later, Ms Reid tweeted that Mr Trump had turned the press conference into a campaign rally ‘providing little info for tens of millions of Americans in limbo over Covid relief’.