Donald Trump’s ‘Appreciation’ of Female Reporter’s Smile Raises Eyebrows
US President Donald Trump interrupted a phone call with Ireland’s new PM to compliment an attractive female reporter. The remark triggered a hurricane of mixed reactions online.
Trump rang Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to congratulate him on his recent appointment and discuss several matters. However, before the US President congratulated the new Irish Prime Minister on his “great victory,” he informed Leo Varadkar that he had Irish press in the room.
Then he gestured towards one of the reporters and called her over. “Where are you from? Go ahead, come here. We are all over this beautiful Irish press,” Trump said.
After the reporter who works for RTÉ identified herself, the US President continued, “Caitriona Perry. She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well.”
— Caitriona Perry (@CaitrionaPerry) June 27, 2017
The reporter posted a video of the interaction in her Twitter account calling the moment “bizarre.” It has quickly spread across the Internet, with many netizens outraged by the President’s “inappropriate” behavior.
Oh my God he is a creeper!
— Moezy (@Moezy86) June 27, 2017
Remarks like that in workplace R completely inappropriate. There's a time & place: discussing one's attractiveness in workplace is wrong.
— Tigress (@Tigrress_) June 28, 2017
there are simply no words to describe how violated I feel for her 🙁 🙁
— Tracey (@TeegSoAs) June 27, 2017
Sexual harassment from the President…On camera…
— TanGyal (@TanGyal) June 27, 2017
Will this be accompanied by Bill Cosby's upcoming seminar?
— Corinne Favero (@CorinneFavero) June 27, 2017
(In December 2015, American entertainer and comedian Bill Cosby was charged with sexual assault; the case ended in a mistrial.)
Some people even apologized to Caitriona Perry.
Trump,"She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well."😳Ms.Perry, please accept the apology of at least 1 female American.😔
— Christine Canning (@Canni2Canning) June 27, 2017
Other users, however, noted that was just a compliment, adding that the story was overblown.
He complimented her smile. Get over yourselves 😂
— 🍓 (@Sticky_Icky90) June 27, 2017
you're so immature to think that saying that someone has a nice smile is creepy, it's literally just a compliment. What's wrong with that?
— AverageCapsFan (@JWallenfelt) June 28, 2017
Trump himself has a wonderful smile and not a single lady reporter has pointed that out to him.
— Brand Artillery (@brandartillery) June 28, 2017
After reading this article and watching the video with an objective frame of mind, what do you think, is this appropriate, inappropriate?