Marvel franchise superhero actor Chris Evans blasted President Donald Trump for declining to take any questions in an important coronavirus pandemic press conference on Sunday.
Trump appeared and commented briefly before handing the mic over to Vice President Mike Pence, who he has appointed the head of the White House COVID-19 task force.
But Evans, who has played Captain America in the Marvel movie franchise and who recently starred in “Knives Out,” said he expects more from President Trump.
The president just ran off stage after his rambling press conference without answering a single question. America wants answers. America wants leadership. America doesn’t want a president who runs off stage during a crisis and lets Mike Pence do all the talking.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 15, 2020
In a previous conference last Friday, Trump took questions that led to tense moments with members of the press. PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor had one of those after asking about the president’s 2018 dismissal of the pandemic response team. Trump fired back that it was a “nasty question.” did take questions on Friday in a session that included some tense exchanges with the media. When PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor asked about the White House shutting down its pandemic office in 2018, Trump slammed it as a “nasty question.”
In another instance, Kristen Welker of NBC News asked if Trump, who repeatedly has tried to downplay the pandemic, took responsibility for the delays in testing patients.
“I don’t take responsibility at all,” he said.
“I feel rage,” he told Esquire in 2017. “I feel fury. It’s unbelievable.”
Evans said he wasn’t concerned if his views alienated some of his fans.
“Look, I’m in a business where you’ve got to sell tickets,” he told the magazine. “But, my God, I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror if I felt strongly about something and didn’t speak up.”
And if that meant some of those tickets didn’t get sold?
“I’m okay with that,” Evans said