WATCH: Reporter Targets Trump With Wrong Data. Trump Slams Him, Reporter Later Apologizes.
White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Deborah Birx (R) answers a question while meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on April 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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On Tuesday, as President Trump and Dr. Deborah Birx conducted a news conference joined by Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a Yahoo News reporter seemingly targeted Trump, arguing, “Overall, South Korea has done five times more tests than the U.S. per capita. Why is that?”

When Trump disputed the assumption, the Yahoo News reporter defiantly insisted his information was accurate, prompting Trump to ask Birx for the accurate information. After Birx noted that the reporter was factually incorrect, Trump turned back to the reporter, snapping, “Are you going to apologize, Yahoo? That’s why you’re ‘Yahoo’ and nobody knows who the hell you are. Nobody knows who you are, including me.”

The reporter, Hunter Walker, later apologized on Twitter, although he also pointed out that another assumption he had made about the infection rate in the United States was correct.

The exchange started like this:

Walker: Overall, South Korea has done five times more tests than the U.S. per capita. Why is that?

Trump: I don’t think that’s true.

Walker: That is true, and you said this morning that, the White House said the U.S. passes South Korea in virus testing.

Trump: I don’t think it’s true. Who are you with?

Walker: Yahoo News. And it’s not true per capita.

Trump turned to Birx: Do you want to respond to that? You have the numbers.

Birx: Sure. I have the numbers. Remember early on we pushed tests to the outbreak areas, just like he described. His primary outbreak was in Miami-Dade and Broward County and Palm Beach so they pushed tests into that region. We did the same thing in the United States. So if you look at every single state that had an outbreak their testing is greater than anywhere in the world, in the four per forty-two per thousand range.

Walker: Your point is taken about individual area but overall we’ve had fourteen times more infections than South Korea. Are we doing something wrong and why is that?

Birx continued, “Our epidemic looks much more like the European epidemic. So right now we’re tracking very close to the countries in Europe and we’re testing at their rate of their concentrated epidemics and where they’re occurring in the metros. I think it really shows the susceptibility of our major cities in the same way they were susceptible in Europe; and so we’ve been very focused on that. That’s not to say that we’re not supporting the world states; we’re very much supporting the world states and very much supporting their testing; there’s no state right now in the United States that’s tested really less than one percent, which is pretty remarkable when they really don’t have significant cases …”

Later, Birx added, “To our Yahoo gentleman, I just want to make it clear that South Korea’s testing was 11 per 100,000 and we’re at 17 per 100,000.”

Trump chimed in, “Are you going to apologize Yahoo? That’s why you’re ‘Yahoo’ and nobody knows who the hell you are. Nobody knows who you are, including me.”

Fox News reported, “Several mainstream journalists initially took Walker’s claim as gospel and took to Twitter to scold Trump for his harsh response. Walker then hopped on Twitter himself and apologized to the president, blaming the gaffe on misreading a chart.”

Walker tweeted, “In the Oval Office, I asked about test rates and infection rates compared to South Korea. President Trump and Dr. Birx said I was wrong that they’ve done more tests per capita. Trump said I should apologize. They did not address multiple questions about our higher infection rate … We have passed South Korea in the number of tests conducted per capita. I misread the mobile version of this chart and am sorry about that @realDonaldTrump. Our infection rate is far higher though as I noted.”

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