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Ex-Pence aide: Trump spent 45 minutes of task force meeting 'going off on Tucker Carlson' instead of talking coronavirus

Added 09-18-20 05:58:02pm EST - “A former aide to Vice President Pence who served on the White House coronavirus task force alleges President Trump spent nearly an hour during one meeting talking about Tucker Carlson instead of discussing agenda items set for the…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Ex-Pence aide: Trump spent 45 minutes of task force meeting 'going off on Tucker Carlson' instead of talking coronavirus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A former aide to Vice President Pence who served on the White House coronavirus task force alleges President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE spent nearly an hour during one meeting talking about Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups | Kudlow: 'No sector worse hurt than energy' during pandemic | Trump pledges 'no politics' in Pebble Mine review Trump pledges 'no politics' in Pebble Mine review Trump ABC town hall pulls in fewer viewers than 'America's Got Talent,' NBA, Fox News MORE instead of discussing agenda items set for the meeting. 

"He watches people, he watches the news," said Olivia Troye, a former adviser to Pence for Homeland Security. "We have been in meetings where we were supposed to be talking about the virus ... and he wanted to talk for 45 minutes on how upset he was with some news anchor at his preferred news network." 

Troye alleges that during the meeting, which took place during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic as the task force debated how to safely get Americans off cruise ships as the virus spread, Trump looked around a room full of advisers and asked: "Who's gonna call this person and set them straight?" 

Troye described an awkward and uncomfortable feeling in the room at that moment, with other advisers and aides avoiding eye contact with one another and not saying anything. 

Outtake: @OliviaTroye on that time the President spent 45 minutes complaining about @TuckerCarlson during an urgent task force meeting about Americans stranded on cruise ships with COVID. pic.twitter.com/lkKuTeTXjD

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