On Tuesday, President Trump called the new Irish prime minister (or Taoiseach), Leo Varadkar, to congratulate him on his election victory. During the call, attended by several Irish reporters, Trump singled out female journalist Caitriona Perry, calling her over and complimenting her smile.
During the call with Varadkar, Trump said “we have a lot of your Irish press” in the Oval Office for the call. Then he looked at Perry, the Washington correspondent for Raidio Teilifis Eireann (RTE), and asked, “And where are you from? Go ahead, come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press.”
Perry stepped forward, a moment she would later call “bizarre” on Twitter, and President Trump complimented her, telling Varadkar, “She has a nice smile on her face. So I bet she treats you well.”
— Caitriona Perry (@CaitrionaPerry) June 27, 2017
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 27, 2017
Critics of Trump’s comment about Perry were quick to post their reactions on social media.
How Trump became President is still beyond me. Feeling slightly ill after hearing his comment re Caitriona Perry.
— Clodagh Murray (@ClodaghM_) June 27, 2017
How creepy! I see you stayed out of his grubby reach……
— Cherie Marcom-Gatlin (@CherieGatlin) June 27, 2017
Bizarre is one word, can think of a few others…
— Claire Staple (@clairestaple) June 27, 2017
Don’t take your eyes off his hands.
— Edward (@Ark_Tor) June 27, 2017
Perry herself did not appear bothered as Trump introduced her to the new Taioseach over the phone. She was pleasant and laughed during the exchange.
One of her Twitter followers seemed surprised about her response, however, writing: “She spent much of the last year as a cheerleader for Hillary and slanderer of Donald. Not today tho I see.”
She spent much of the last year as a cheerleader for Hillary and slanderer of Donald. Not today tho I see.
— Eoghan Lyons (@Eoghanlyons) June 27, 2017
During Trump’s call with Varadkar, the president congratulated him on his “great victory” and recognized the contributions of the Irish-American community in the U.S.
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