WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump complimented a female journalist on her smile during a phone call with the new Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar.
However, the comment did not go over too well on social media.
“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 Varadkar, who is the country’s youngest-ever and first openly gay leader.
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 in question 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.”
The journalist, Caitriona Perry, has been a Washington Correspondent since 2014 for Irish State broadcaster RTE.
According to The Hill, Trump has also been involved in some interesting exchanges with other women journalists like Megyn Kelley and Katy Tur, whom he has referred to as “Little Katy”.