President Trump is facing criticism for his response to a female reporter during Monday’s press conference on trade.
Mr. Trump was announcing a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico when ABC’s Cecilia Vega tried to ask a question about the FBI background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
As Ms. Vega was obtaining a microphone to ask Mr. Trump a question, the president joked, “She’s shocked that I picked her. Like in a state of shock.”
Ms. Vega responded, “I’m not. Thank you, Mr. President.”
“That’s OK,” Mr. Trump fired back. “I know you’re not thinking, you never do.”
“I’m sorry?” Ms. Vega asked.
“No, go ahead,” the president responded. “Go ahead.”
Many social media users slammed the president’s response as “sexist” and “condescending.” Ms. Vega later defended herself in a tweet about the First Amendment.
A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask. #FirstAmendment— Cecilia Vega (@CeciliaVega) October 1, 2018
Ms. Vega ended up asking Mr. Trump about reports that the White House is limiting the scope of the FBI investigation into Judge Kavanaugh, to which the president responded, “What does that have to do with trade? I don’t mind answering the question but, you know, I’d like to do the trade questions.”
Mr. Trump instead answered Ms. Vega’s subsequent question about the trade deal, and he returned to Ms. Vega minutes later to discuss Judge Kavanaugh.
Mr. Trump said he wants a “very comprehensive” but “quick” investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.
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