Price: Trump can 'do more than one thing at a time'

Price: Trump can 'do more than one thing at a time'
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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Chris Christie Trump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet Tom Price: Here's how we can obtain more affordable care MORE in an interview on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE is able to “do more than one thing at a time,” referring to Trump’s focus last week on attacking the co-hosts of “Morning Joe.”

“Well, what I’m concentrated on is the job that he’s given me, and that is to make certain that we fulfill the mission of the Department of Health and Human Services, which is to improve the health, safety and well-being of the American people,” Price told NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked if Trump’s behavior bothers him.

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Host Chuck Todd pressed Price on the issue, asking him what he thinks “as a father” of Trump’s tweets last week. Price responded by saying there are “incredible challenges” facing the country.

“And your program, a program with the incredible history of ‘Meet the Press,’ and that’s what you want to talk about?” Price asked.

“With all due respect, you’re blaming me for what the president of the United States has spent his entire week focused on?” Todd asked.

Todd then asked Price why Trump is not as devoted as the HHS secretary is to the issues of healthcare.

“Why isn’t the president as devoted to this as you are?” Todd asked.

“Well I think that he is, absolutely. The fact of the matter is that he can do more than one thing at a time,” Price said.

Trump last week called Mika Brzezinski “crazy Mika” and said she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” the last time he saw the TV host.

The president’s tweets were subsequently met with condemnation from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.