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President Donald Trump uses his cellphone as he holds a roundtable discussion on the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the State Dining Room of the White House on June 18, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AAFP/Getty Images)

'Get Off Your Phone': Watch Trump Scroll Through Phone as Small Business Owner Describes Covid-19 Struggles

"This is the level of engagement and respect he gives small business owners trying to tell him about their problems during the outbreak."

Eoin Higgins

President Donald Trump was excoriated on social media after turning his attention to Twitter during a roundtable Thursday afternoon on the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic as one attendee detailed the hardships faced by her small business due to the outbreak.

"Get off your phone and pay attention!" tweeted author Jason Cranford Teague.

The president began scrolling through his phone as a business owner described how the pandemic has affected her company's operations, including the need for added runners and phone operators to handle social distancing requirements. 

Trump's focus instead was apparently on composing a tweeted threat to China referring to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer's comments Wednesday to the House that it was unlikely the Chinese and U.S. economies could "decouple."

"It was not Ambassador Lighthizer's fault (yesterday in Committee) in that perhaps I didn't make myself clear, but the U.S. certainly does maintain a policy option, under various conditions, of a complete decoupling from China," said the president. "Thank you!"

An avalanche of criticism quickly followed. 

"He's not even trying to pretend at this point," tweeted Vox journalist Aaron Rupar.


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