‘What a stupid question’
Trump again slaps down journalists
WASHINGTON, Nov 10: Donald Trump has made no secret of his contempt for reporters, whom he calls "fake news" and "enemy of the American people." He is also had unkind things to say about women and people who are African-American.
This week, he hit a trifecta, singling out three African-American women who are journalists. The women - Abby Phillip, April Ryan and Yamiche Alcindor - earned his contempt apparently just for asking him questions.
Trump called one of Ms Phillip's questions "stupid," described Ms Ryan as "a loser" and brushed off Ms Alcindor, saying her question was "racist."
Ms Phillip, a CNN reporter and former Washington Post journalist, drew Trump's wrath, after she asked whether he hoped Matthew Whitaker, Trump's appointee as acting attorney general, would "rein in" special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Trump's presidential campaign.
"What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question," he snapped. He did not answer the allegedly "stupid" question, but he did pour more contempt on Ms Phillip. "I watch you a lot," he said. "You ask a lot of stupid questions."
He suggested he was considering pulling other reporters' press credentials to cover the White House, as he did with CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Among those he brought up in that context was Ms Ryan.
"You talk about someone who's a loser," Trump said of Ms Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks and a contributor to CNN. "She doesn't know what the hell she's doing. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise, or she gets a contract with, I think, CNN. But she's very nasty and she shouldn't be. You've got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect."
Trump's "loser" comment came two days after he admonished Ms Ryan at a White House news conference. -INDEPENDENT