President Trump made a phone call to the new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday. The call was said to be one of congratulations for Varadkar’s recent electoral win.
Trump Speaks About the Press…but not How You’d Expect
While they were on the phone, Trump took the opportunity to make a few remarks about the press. He skipped his usual “fake news” tirade in favor of a more complimentary tone. He began by saying “We have a lot of your Irish press watching us,” referring to the Irish reporters who were in the Oval Office during the call.
He went on to single out one Irish reporter. “And where are you from? Go ahead, come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press,” he remarked as he motioned to reporter Caitriona Perry, who made her way to the President’s desk.
He then told the Prime Minister of Ireland “She has a nice smile on her face. So I bet she treats you well.”
In video footage of the interaction, Perry and others in the room can be seen laughing at the President’s advance. Perry later described the moment as “bizarre.”
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 27, 2017
Caitriona Perry has been the Washington Correspondent for the Irish state broadcaster Radio Teilifis Eireann (RTE) since 2014.
Trump’s Habit of Inappropriate Behavior With Women in the Press
President Trump has a history of inappropriate comments made to or about female members of the press. During his campaign for President, Trump liked to single out Katy Tur of NBC. He often referred to her as “Little Katy,” an apparent reference to her height.
He famously feuded with then Fox reporter Megyn Kelly during his campaign. His attacks her were largely seen as sexist.
Reportedly, the President congratulated the Prime Minister on his “great victory,” commented on Caitriona Perry’s smile and acknowledged the influence and contribution of Irish-Americans in the US.
Despite the awkward and inappropriate comments, at least he didn’t provoke the new Prime Minister like he has nearly every other world leader.