If there’s one thing, Donald Trump— president of the United States, former reality television star and real-estate tycoon— has taught us during his term in office is that he really knows how to rip things off the rails.
After providing an update on the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, Trump took questions from the press and called on ABC News’ senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega.
President Trump: "She's shocked that I picked her. She's like in a state of shock."
Reporter: "I'm not, thank you, Mr. President."
Trump: "That's okay, I know you're not thinking. You never do."
Reporter: "I'm sorry?" pic.twitter.com/B1yDQ9Ws7l
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 1, 2018
While waiting for the mic to be passed to Vega, Trump made a string of snide remarks about the reporter including saying “She’s shocked that I picked her. She’s like in a state of shock.”
In response, Vega replied “I’m not, thank you, Mr. President.” But it didn’t take long for Trump, who clearly misunderstood some part or all of what Vega had said, retorted “That’s okay. I know you’re not thinking. You never do.”
Almost just as equally surprised as the stunned and mumbling reporters around her, Vega quickly asked Trump for clarity on his comments saying “I’m sorry?” before he opted to brush over his comments by pressing her to ask her questions.
Things didn’t perk up from there. After Vega asked the president to address his recent tweets involving the FBI investigation into his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump stopping her and saying, “What does that have to do with trade? I don’t mind answering the question but I’d like to do the trade questions first. How about talking about trade and then we’ll get to that? Who had a trade question?”
Despite being caught on camera belittling Vega and telling her that she “never thinks,” the White House attempted to edit the exchange in an official transcript.
— puredailynews (@puredailynews) October 1, 2018
As the Daily Beast reported, transcripts of the press conference published by the White House read “I know you’re not thanking. You never do.”
As many users on Twitter pointed out, Vega wasn’t the only women reporter under attack by Trump on Monday.
Not just the one clip shown of Cecilia Vega, but Trump's behavior toward *all* the female journalists was horrendous yesterday. This is not normal. There should be more coverage of this on all networks. #TheView
— LaurenBaratzLogsted (@LaurenBaratzL) October 2, 2018
Trump also took time to blast at CNN’s Kaitlan Collins during her time with the mic when she attempted to ask Trump about Kavanaugh. At one point he griped “Don’t do that. That’s not nice.” When Trump finally gave her a chance to ask her question which involved Kavanaugh and his potential disqualification for the Supreme Court if it had been found that he had lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his testimony. When Trump attempted to deflect, Collins said“You didn’t answer my question, Mr. President,” to which Trump suddenly griped “You know what? You’ve really had enough. You’ve had enough.”
Others applauded Vega for her response to Trump during the exchange.
— Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) October 1, 2018
Because it takes a lot of ovarios to stand up for yourself when you’re being attacked, particularly by a world leader.
Others expressed their frustration with having to listen to a president who operates on a misogynistic level day in and day out.
Trump despises women and particularly intelligent women. That's why he went after Cecilia Vega today.
— Larkin (@larkin1235) October 1, 2018