American President Donald Trump recently called Ireland President to congratulate the country’s newly-elected Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar from the Oval office. During the phone call, members of the Irish media were also present to witness the call, a rare occasion during Trump’s tenure. However, something awkward happened as the POTUS interrupted the conversation for a bizarre reason.
“We have a lot of your Irish press watching us right now,” Trump told Taoiseach Varadkar, who is the son of an Indian immigrant. “We have all of this Irish, beautiful Irish press here,” Trump added while congratulating Leo Varadkar, who is the country’s youngest-ever and first openly gay leader.
— Caitriona Perry (@CaitrionaPerry) June 27, 2017
Meanwhile, soon Trump singled out a female member of the press and asked her to come forward, asking her, “Where are you from? Come here, come here”. The journalist was Caitriona Perry, a Washington correspondent for RTE. As she gave her introduction, Trump went on to inform the Irish PM, “She has a nice smile on her face so I’m sure she treats you well.” Though she laughed it off while she was at the Oval office surrounded by many cameras and other members of the press Perry later tweeted out a video and called it a ‘bizarre moment”. Re-tweeted over 7,000 times already, President Trump’s comments have provoked strong reactions on social media.
Trump,”She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well.”😳Ms.Perry, please accept the apology of at least 1 female American.😔
— Christine Canning (@Canni2Canning) June 27, 2017
I am sorry our President treated you this way.
— Jon (((Wolfsthal))) (@JBWolfsthal) June 28, 2017
It’s hell to be objectified. When POTUS has no fear of doing that surrounded by cameras… I’m so sorry. Your success is more than a smile.
— Cristin Harber (@CristinHarber) June 28, 2017
Here’s the encounter from Ms Perry’s point of view. This video was posted to Facebook by RTE.