At the town hall on Thursday night, NBC News’s Savannah Guthrie went fifth to fifth with President Trump, giving him one of the most aggressive interviews he has ever had as president.
Guthrie pressured the president on his diagnosis of COVID-19, his latest negative test, his personal dislike of masks and the conspiracy group, pressing him and not allowing him to avoid the answer. City Hall was something of a substitute for the debate Trump was scheduled to take part in Thursday night. But Guthrie managed to challenge Mr Trump more than former Vice President Joe Biden and Chris Wallace of Fox News in a real debate last month.
Guthrie asked Mr. Trump about his retweet this week of conspiracy theories that Biden arranged the assassination of Team 6 of Syl to cover up the fake death of Osama bin Laden.
Why would he send such a lie to his followers? Guthrie asked him.
“You retouched it,” Guthrie said.
“It was a retweet, it was someone’s opinion and it was a retweet. I will let it go there, people can decide for themselves, I do not take a position,” the president replied.
“I don’t understand,” Guthrie countered. “You’re the president – you’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retouch anything!”
Guthrie also leaned firmly on the subject of the president’s battle with COVID-19.whether he was tested on the day of the presidential debate in late September, shortly before he was tested for the virus. The president, who claims to have one of the best memories, said he did not know and could not remember.
He also admitted that it is not always tested every day.
Guthrie pressured the president on the subject of masks, which the president claims he supports but rarely wears. Mr Trump said masked men were constantly catching COVID-19 and said he had heard “different” things about masks.
Guthrie also challenged the president, saying he did not know what QAnon was, although he had retweeted multiple QAnon accounts and had previously been asked about conspiracy theory.
“I don’t know,” the president said.
“You know,” Guthrie countered.