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Chris Evans Rips Trump For Fleeing Press On Coronavirus: 'America Wants Answers'

The Captain America actor calls out the president for leaving a press conference without taking questions from the media.

Actor Chris Evans called out President Donald Trump for refusing to take questions during a Sunday news conference on the coronavirus pandemic. 

Trump made some brief comments, then turned the microphone over to Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the White House task force on COVID-19. 

But Evans, who starred as Captain America in the Marvel films and portrayed Ransom Drysdale in last year’s “Knives Out,” said the nation needs more from its leader:

Trump 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.

Evans has been an outspoken Trump critic since long before the coronavirus pandemic.  

“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.

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