PM’s coughing fit caught on camera

 

Scott Morrison has battled through a coughing fit on live television as he tried to sell the Federal Budget.

During an interview on Sky News on Wednesday, the Prime Minister coughed into his elbow and took sips of water between talking points.

"This important plan for our recovery and for rebuilding the economy," he said, wheezing.

"There are swings and roundabouts on the assumptions and we'll see how they live out in time," before coughing again.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pictured as he suffers a coughing fit on Sky News as he discusses the 2020 Budget. Picture: Sky News
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pictured as he suffers a coughing fit on Sky News as he discusses the 2020 Budget. Picture: Sky News

Sky News chief news anchor Kieran Gilbert came to Mr Morrison's rescue offering him some water.

"Let me get a bottle of water for you because you've had a busy 24 hours and I know what it's like," Gilbert said.

"Busy talking," Mr Morrison replied.

"Exactly, when you get a frog in your throat," Gilbert said.

Mr Morrison later struggled to stifle the cough, apologising, before erupting into another fit.

At the end of the interview, Gilbert thanked Mr Morrison for "battling through the frog".

"Thanks for that, I'm fine now," the PM said.

The Morrison Government's recent economic statements have been marred by coughing fits with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg forced to get a coronavirus test after his spluttering in July.

Treasurer has violent coughing fit during coronavirus update: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg succumbed to a violent coughing fit in the middle of his coronavirus economic update to parliament today. Once he recovered, the minister continued to deliver the briefing where he revealed nearly 1.3 million Australians had gained access to early super "equating to about $10.6 billion" at an average withdrawal of $8,000, according to ATO figures. The treasurer spoke optimistically about Australia's position compared to other global markets despite forecasting GDP would drop by over $50 billion in the June quarter. Mr Frydenberg told the house Australia's underlying cash deficit ended $9.9 billion higher than MYEFO forecasting, emphatically stating the virus would not get the best of us. Image: News Corp Australia


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