‘You’re corrupt': Trump blasts media as he scolds reporter during raucous press conference – Washington Examiner
President Trump became angry at a reporter and went on to blast him and the media at large during a lively press conference with the president of Finland.
After Trump responded to a question from Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, Mason asked him to clarify his response.
“But the question, sir, was what did you want President Zelensky to do about Vice President Biden and his son Hunter?” Mason said, prodding the president about his phone call to Zelensky central to the recent whistleblower complaint.
“Are you talking to me?” Trump retorted.
“Yeah, it was just a follow-up of what I just asked you, sir,” the reporter said.
“Listen, listen, are you ready? We have the president of Finland, ask him a question,” Trump demanded.
Mason said that he did have a question for Finnish President Sauli Niinistö but wanted to follow up on the one he had previously asked Trump. The president then cut him off.
“Did you hear me? Did you hear me? Ask him a question. I’ve given you a long answer. Ask this gentleman a question. Don’t be rude,” Trump said.
“No sir, I don’t want to be rude, I just wanted you to have a chance to answer the question that I asked you,” Mason responded.
“I’ve answered everything. It’s a whole hoax,” Trump said. “And you know who’s playing into the hoax? People like you, and the fake news media that we have in this country, and I say in many cases ‘the corrupt media’ because you’re corrupt.”
“Much of the media in this country is not just fake, it’s corrupt. And you have some very fine people too — great journalists, great reporters — but to a large extent, it’s corrupt and it’s fake. Ask the president of Finland a question, please,” Trump told Mason.
Mason then asked Niinistö a question about American democracy and the World Trade Organization, though Trump interjected and began commenting on the question himself.