Pres. Trump mixes up two Finnish journalists during press conference. "We have a lot of blonde women in Finland," he's told. pic.twitter.com/lMHWLse7zU— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 28, 2017
During a Monday press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, President Donald Trump mixed up two blonde, female journalists.
As Niinistö called on a reporter to ask a question, Trump interjected, seemingly frustrated that this journalist might be allowed to ask a second question.
“Again? You’re going to give her the same one?” he asked.
Niinistö was left to awkwardly explain that the reporter he had called on was in fact a different woman than the one who had already asked a question.
“No, she’s not the same lady,” he said to Trump. “They are sitting side by side.”
The blonde journalist in question then stood up. “We have a lot of blonde women in Finland,” she told the U.S. president. (Watch the full exchange above.)
As Time White House correspondent Zeke Miller tweeted, ”#cantmakeitup.”
“We have a lot of blonde women in Finland” is my favorite comeback of the day https://t.co/ej6YjDBG3g?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Sarah Goodyear (@buttermilk1) August 28, 2017
Trump has a history of odd and uncomfortable interactions with women reporters.
In March, he called the Washington Post’s global opinions editor, Karen Attiah, “beautiful” after she asked him a question about his divisive rhetoric and approach to racial inclusion. And just two months ago, he paused a call with new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to comment on an Irish reporter’s “nice smile,” telling Varadkar that the journalist, Caitriona Perry, must “treat [him] well.”
H/T The Hill
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.