In an embarrassing joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, President Donald Trump launched a verbal attack on Reuters’ White House correspondent Jeff Mason Wednesday after the journalist asked a question relating to the now-infamous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky last July, Deadline reports.
Most of the questions centered around the recently revealed whistleblower complaint and the ongoing impeachment investigation. And that investigation is centering specifically around what Trump asked the Ukrainian president to find out about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
But Trump turned belligerent when Mason asked him what he wanted to do about the Bidens. He tried to ignore Mason but when the journalist asked the question again, Trump looked briefly quizzical and snapped:
“Are you talking to me?”
“Yes, it is just a follow-up of what I asked you, sir,” Mason responded.
“We have the President of Finland. Ask him a question.”
“I have one,” Mason said. “I just wanted to follow up on the one I asked you.”
That’s when Trump really started to grow angry.
“Did you hear me? Ask him a question. I have given you a long answer. Ask this gentleman a question. Don’t be rude,” he fired back.
“No, sir. I don’t want to be rude,” Mason said. “I just wanted you to have a chance to answer the question I just asked you.”
Now Trump was really angry and he resorted to his “very fine people” speech.
“I answered everything,” he said. “It’s a whole hoax, and you know who is 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 news media. Because you are 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 is corrupt and it is fake.”
This sounds exactly what one might say if one is backed into a corner with nowhere else to go. Because slowly but surely, Trump is being backed into a corner of his own making. He talks about corruption but if colluding with Russia to undermine the 2016 election isn’t corruption, or hitting up a president to dig up dirt on a presidential candidate isn’t corruption then what is?
Watch the testy exchange in the video below.
Feature photo courtesy of the video above