President Trump's increasingly aggressive scolding of the media escalated even further on Friday, with the president bullying one reporter for asking a simple question and going after another unprompted.
Trump on Friday was asked by CNN's Abby Phillip whether he wants new Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to rein in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election. "What a stupid question that is," Trump responded. "But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions," he added, while wagging his finger at Phillip. Trump shook his head as he walked away from Phillip without providing an answer.
The president on Friday was also asked about his decision to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta's White House press pass. He defended the move by calling Acosta a "very unprofessional man." He then brought up CNN's April Ryan completely unprompted, calling her "very nasty," and a "loser" who "doesn't know what the hell she's doing." Trump then demanded more deference from the media, saying "you have to treat the presidency with respect." Watch Trump's belittling of Phillip's question below. Brendan Morrow
In a new interview following the chaotic Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing Tuesday, President Trump said that it's embarrassing for the United States that protests are allowed.
The first day of hearings for Trump's Supreme Court nominee was interrupted frequently by protesters. While speaking to The Daily Caller afterward, Trump said, "I think it's embarrassing for the country to allow protesters. You don't even know what side the protesters are on.”
Trump also said that "in the old days, we used to throw them out." Many individuals who interrupted the Kavanaugh hearing Tuesday were, in fact, removed from the building and arrested.
During his campaign, Trump frequently complained that people who interrupted his rallies were not treated more violently, once saying he wanted to punch a protester in the face and adding that in the "old days," a protester would be "carried out on a stretcher." Brendan Morrow