Trump asks Mulvaney to leave room during ABC interview due to coughing

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE was so bothered by his chief of staff's coughing during an interview in the Oval Office with ABC News that he asked his top aide to leave the room.

Trump was in the middle of answering a question from ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPelosi: Trump is 'impeached for life' National security adviser: US embassies not evacuated because 'we're not going to cut and run every time somebody threatens us' Pelosi on Trump: 'Every knock from him is a boost' MORE about his financial records when he abruptly asked to do another take.

"And let’s do that over, he’s coughing in the middle of my answer," Trump told Stephanopoulos, referring to acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats file brief against Trump, 'the Framers' worst nightmare' Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Trump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts MORE.


"I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that," Trump continued, referring to Mulvaney's coughing. 

"Your chief of staff," Stephanopoulos clarified. 

"If you’re going to cough, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough. Boy oh boy," Trump said.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

Trump proceeded to answer Stephanopoulos's question by saying he wanted people to see his "financial statement," calling it "phenomenal." 

Trump added the decision is "not up to me, it's up to lawyers."