Sunday, July 2, 2017

Trump interrupts call with Ireland's PM to compliment Lady Journalist Caitriona Perry

Donald Trump adds RTE reporter Caitriona Perry to his abysmal track record of demeaning women

Our man Eoghan McDermott on the Washington correspondent's 'bizarre' interaction with the US President
By Eoghan McDermott
TIME Magazine, CNN, Mashable, BuzzFeed, BBC, New York Post, LA Times, Indian Times, Twitter, ­YouTube, Facebook…

These are all outlets that had Caitriona Perry either gracing their homepage or trending after her now already infamous interaction with Donald Trump during a call with Leo Varadkar.
The US president told the Taoiseach: “She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well.” You shudder.
After the backlash and numerous apologies by Americans on behalf of their creepy president, the defence started to mount a presence too.
People were overreacting, it was claimed.
It was a continuation by the masses to nitpick every interaction by the president and find fault in it. A choreographed witch hunt.
The moment itself might possibly be considered by some very forgiving punters as harmless, a misguided attempt at levity for the cameras.
But it is impossible to view this in isolation and not consider Trump’s abysmal track record when it comes to demeaning women.
We don’t need to recount in any detail the charges of sexual assault or the infamous “grab them by the p****” spiel to frame the view in which the former Miss World boss sees the fairer sex.
For all the circus it generated, the fact remains Caitriona — always a consummate, professional broadcaster — is now the epicentre of the party.
Website had an article on their homepage ­entitled “Five things you need to know about Caitriona Perry”.
Not the type of attention she courts or cares for.
Add to this yesterday’s truly bizarre attack on television host Mika Brzezinski.
Trump described her as “bleeding badly from a face-lift” as she allegedly begged to spend the New Year’s holiday with him.
It is becoming apparent that this man is not psychologically fit to set the standard for the free world.
CNN quoted his tweet, citing wife Melania’s cyber-bullying efforts.
MSNBC’s head of news responded to the attack, tweeting: “Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, ‘it is beneath my dignity to respond to the president of the United States’.”
He’s right.
`Nice smile': Trump interrupts call to compliment scribe

President Donald Trump interrupted a telephone conversation with Ireland's PM to compliment an Irish journalist on her “nice smile.“ Caitriona Perry, a Washington correspondent for RTE News-Ireland, was in the Oval Office when Trump was talking to PM Leo Varadkar. Trump then pointed to Perry, called her over and asked where she was from.Perry identified herself, and then Trump told Varadkar: “She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well.“ Perry tweeted the video, calling the encounter a “bizarre moment.“

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