During the bizarre press conference-turned-tirade, Trump hurled insults at opponents, mocked losing candidates, snapped at the reporters and complained about several questions which he refused to respond to.
His errant behavior is encapsulated in his condescending response to a Japanese reporter’s question.
The journalist was in the middle of asking Trump a question regarding the economy when the president cut him off, asking, “Where are you from, please?”
The reporter, who was speaking in English but with an accent, responded with “Japan.”
Trump then told him to “say hello to Shinzo,” pertaining to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
“I’m sure he’s happy about tariffs on his cars,” Trump quipped.
The reporter attempted to continue asking his question but the president again cut him off, saying, “I really don’t understand you.”
Then Trump noted how Japan has treated the U.S. “very unfairly” in the auto trade industry.
Trump also claimed to have not understood questions from two other reporters of color during the now infamous press conference.
One female reporter asked the president for his opinion of the Muslim women (Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota) who had won seats in Congress.
To this, Trump responded: “I don’t understand what you’re saying.”
When a journalist from Lebanon asked Trump about Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trump responded, “Who? I don’t understand him.”
Trump’s responses to foreign reporters sparked criticisms on social media, with some netizens calling it as a form of racism.