Donald Trump insults reporter saying she’s ‘not thinking’, White House edits transcipt

Donald Trump insults reporter saying she’s ‘not thinking’, White House edits transcipt

Donald Trump insults reporter saying she’s ‘not thinking’, White House edits transcipt

President Donald Trump's think-or-thank controversy carried into a second day Tuesday after the White House corrected the official transcript of a press conference to reflect that the president had, in fact, insulted an ABC News reporter.

This insult to Cecilia Vega is another in a string of incidents, and its disappearance in the first official transcripts raise their own questions about what exactly is going on in the Donald Trump White House. "Like in a state of shock".

"No, I'm not. Thank you, Mr President", Ms Vega responded.

After verbally attacking those journalists as members of his Cabinet, staff and son-in-law Jared Ku shner stood behind him saying nothing, Trump then did a 180 and began to take questions about Kavanaugh and the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

Audio footage from the event indisputably captures what happened next: Trump, apparently mistaking Vega's comment for "I'm not thinking, Mr. President", counters, "That's okay".

When Vega went ahead and asked a question on the on the scope of the FBI investigation into the president's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump stopped her.

"That joke doesn't work if everyone thinks Trump is a great president".

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"A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask", she said.

The reporter, surprised by the president's response, then said, "I'm sorry?"

Trump went on to discuss how he had avoided alcohol. Government broadcast producers had left the reporter's microphone muted while a Russian-to-English translator delivered Putin's answer to his previous question. "You've had enough", he yelled before turning to another reporter.

It was that feeling of antipathy that was captured by the cameras when Trump had a moment of tense confrontation with a female journalist during a press conference at the White House on 1 October.

He ignored her and moved on to another reporter's question. Trump said. "I'd be the world's worst".

When Collins protested, Trump wagged a finger and said, "Don't do that".

The White House has come under fire for editing the transcript of his comments to say "I know you're not thanking" instead of "thinking". Can you imagine if I had, what a mess I'd be?

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