Two feminine journalists — ABC’s Cecilia Vega and CNN’s Kaitlan Collins — had been targets of a combative President Donald Trump for asking questions on Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the White Home on Monday.
Trump referred to as on Vega in the beginning of the Rose Backyard occasion on commerce and appeared to mock her.
“She’s shocked that I picked her,” Trump mentioned. “She’s, like, in a state of shock.”
He appeared to mishear Vega as she answered him, “I’m not. Thanks, Mr. President.”
“That’s OK,” he mentioned. “I do know you’re not pondering. You by no means do.”
“I’m sorry?” Vega responded.
“Go forward,” Trump mentioned.
Vega requested him to make clear his emotions concerning the limits of the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh. Trump stopped her, saying he would discuss concerning the topic later however first needed to reply questions on commerce. Vega pivoted to ask him concerning the prospects for commerce laws earlier than Congress.
Later, CNN’s Collins tried to vary the topic to ask two questions concerning the Kavanaugh investigation, and Trump wasn’t having it.
“Don’t try this. That’s not good,” he mentioned, including that he needed to reply a query about commerce and transferring on to a different reporter.
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He got here again to Collins, nonetheless, and she or he requested if he would contemplate it disqualifying if Kavanaugh was discovered to have been mendacity to the Senate Judiciary Committee when testifying a couple of lady’s declare he se**xually assaulted her once they had been youngsters. Trump talked about his shock in how a lot Kavanaugh had talked about beer and famous that individuals weren’t asking about Kavanaugh’s conduct during the last 20 years.
“You didn’t reply my query, Mr President,” Collins mentioned when he was accomplished.
Trump went on to debate how he had prevented alcohol.
Collins tried once more.
“You understand what? You’ve actually had sufficient,” Trump mentioned. “You’ve had sufficient.”
Later, Vega tweeted: “A information convention means you get to ask no matter query you wish to ask. #FirstAmendment.”
Collins retweeted it with the message: “Ditto.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 1, 2018