“Let’s do that over, he’s coughing in the middle of my answer,” Trump said in the footage released by the network. “I don’t like that, you know. I don’t like that.”
Then, Trump asked the cougher to leave.
“If you’re going to cough, please leave the room,” Trump said, pointing and shaking his head. “You just can’t, you just can’t cough.”
Mulvaney was not seen on camera, but he was identified by Stephanopoulos as the unusual scene unfolded:
It’s not clear if Mulvaney left the Oval Office, but his hack quickly became the cough heard ’round the Internet:
We don’t think Mulvaney was trying to divert Trump’s attention from talking about his finances?
— Bruce Rheins (@BruceRheins) June 17, 2019
Memo to Trump staffers: please bring pepper with you into Oval Office when Mulvaney is there
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) June 17, 2019
We should all go to his rallies and just cough loudly and repeatedly.
— Kate Smith (@KateSmithAZ) June 17, 2019
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.