President of United State Donald Trump insulted a female reporter’s intelligence during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, claiming that she was in a “state of shock” because he called on her to ask a question.
At one point during the conference, the president called on ABC News reporter, Cecilia Vega, then he went on to suggest that the reporter was in “shock” by the very fact that she was called on to ask him a question, and that she does not think.
She’s shocked that I picked her. She’s like in a state of shock.
The reporter then tried to correct the president, saying:
I’m not, thank you, Mr. President.
But she was met with further insults as Trump said:
That’s OK, I know you’re not thinking. You never do.
And Trump replied:
No, go ahead. Go ahead.
During Monday mornings press conference, the US president also ranted more generally about the media.
Trump’s insult was criticised on social media following the event, with critics suggesting that the exchange was indicative of misogyny in the White House.
It seems likely Trump heard her say “I’m not thinking,” instead of “Thank you,” hence his reply. And a transcript the White House produced of the event initially quoted Trump as responding “I know you’re not thanking. You never do.” They later sent a corrected version of the transcript that said “thinking.”