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.
Trump tells a Japanese reporter “say hello to Shinzo,” then continues the snarks with: “I’m sure he’s happy about tariffs on his cars.” He then tells the reporter, who has an accent, “I can’t understand you.”
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.
He really is tactless. Trump isn’t fit to be president, just based on these conferences alone. The way he just handled this Japanese reporter as abhorrent.
This is my take as if this were in a vacuum in itself.
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.”
For the third time during this press conference, President Trump said he couldn’t understand a journalist speaking English with a foreign accent. This time it was a reporter from Lebanon.
Trump is being so racist with every reporter who has an accent that asks him questions. “I don’t understand you.” He also just called a black woman racist towards him. This White House #PressConference is bazaar.