President Donald Trump briefly emerged on Tuesday to tout the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaking 30,000 for the first time ever, and then vanished after a minute without taking questions from baffled reporters.
The president’s 62-second appearance, perhaps his shortest-ever remarks from the lectern of the White House briefing room, came less than a day after his administration took a major step toward the transition to Joe Biden’s presidency. But Trump, three weeks after Election Day, still has not conceded the race to Biden.
Trump made no mention of his ongoing struggle to overturn the results of the election during his remarks. Rather, Trump bragged about the stock market’s latest milestone, which came as the U.S. economy continues to recover from the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that if Biden won the election, the stock market and the economy would “crash.” But the Dow’s record-setting rally came weeks after news outlets called the race for Biden, and days after the president-elect started revealing the top officials who would occupy his Cabinet.
“Mr. President, are you going to concede?” a reporter shouted as Trump walked away from the podium. “Sir, why not concede for the good of the country, sir?”
After walking out of the room, a reporter can be heard saying: “Well, that was weird as shit!”
RT @therecount After Trump left the room, you can hear a reporter say, "Well that was weird as shit."
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) November 24, 2020