White House Demands Retraction of Report That Trump Fears Journalists Will Try to Give Him Coronavirus

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham demanded a retraction Monday of a Vanity Fair report detailing President Donald Trump’s panicked response to coronavirus.

The story, by Gabriel Sherman, reported that Trump is “melting down” over his inability to control the crisis and media coverage of it. While the president downplays the severity of the coronavirus spread in public, he’s “privately terrified” of it in public, Sherman reported, and is furious by “double dippers.” “He hates it if someone is eating nachos and dips a chip back in after taking a bite,” Sherman wrote.

Trump even told aides, per a source in the report, that “he’s afraid journalists will try to purposefully contract coronavirus to give it to him on
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