Support 100 years of independent journalism.

Trump to female reporter: “You’re not thinking, I know you never do”

The president attacked a reporter from ABC News during a press conference at the White House.

By Media Mole

At a characteristically rambling press conference President Trump gave today at the White House announcing a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, one moment stood out as particularly ugly.

Asked a question about the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, who has been the subject of at least three accusations of sexual misconduct (Kavanaugh strenuously denies the allegations), Trump called on a female reporter, ABC News’s Cecilia Vega.

“She’s shocked I picked her, she’s in a state of shock,” Trump said.

“I’m not, thank you, Mr. President,” Vega replied.

“That’s OK. I know you’re not thinking. You never do,” Trump said.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

“I’m sorry?” Vega said, clearly shocked.

Content from our partners
Railways must adapt to how we live now
“I learn something new on every trip"
How data can help revive our high streets in the age of online shopping

“No, go ahead,” Trump said.

Vega then went on to ask about the scope of the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, but Trump overruled her. “Do you have a question about trade?” he asked.

Watch the moment here: