Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don’t Show ‘Respect’
Mr. Trump also laced into another African-American journalist, Abby Phillip of CNN, who asked the president if he wanted the completely new acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, to “rein in” the investigation being led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.
“What a stupid question which is usually,” the president replied to Ms. Phillip. “What a stupid question. nevertheless I watch you a lot — you ask a lot of stupid questions.”
In a statement, CNN said Ms. Phillip “did not ask a ‘stupid’ question today at the White House.”
“In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day,” the network added.
Mr. Trump, who relishes jousting with reporters, has offered tough words for journalists of all races as well as genders. inside the past few days, though, he has insulted or replied harshly to several African-American women, including Ms. Ryan, Ms. Phillip as well as Yamiche Alcindor, a White House correspondent for PBS.
At the Wednesday news conference, Mr. Trump repeatedly told Ms. Ryan to “sit down,” accusing her of interrupting a male reporter, as she tried to ask a question about voter suppression. When Ms. Alcindor asked Mr. Trump about Republicans as well as white nationalists, he called her query “a racist question.”
Ms. Ryan, speaking on CNN on Friday, said which the three presidents she covered before Mr. Trump “understood which reporters were part of the underpinning of This particular nation.”
“Sometimes we ask questions which they did not like, as well as maybe there would likely have been a bit of retaliation as well as fight-back,” Ms. Ryan added. “nevertheless at the end of the day This particular was part of the American process.”