President Donald Trump is under fire for his reaction to a Japanese reporter's question.
The reporter, who had an accent, began asking Trump a question regarding the economy at a press conference at the White House on Wednesday following the midterm elections.
The president interjected, asking, “Where are you from, please?” When the reporter responded with “Japan,” Trump told him to “say hello to Shinzo,” referencing the country's prime minister, Shinzo Abe.
Then continues the snarks with: “I'm sure he's happy about tariffs on his cars.” He then tells the reporter, who has an accent, “I can't understand you.”
When the reporter attempted to finish his question about trade, the president responded, saying, “I really don't understand you.”
Trump eventually answered, claiming Japan has treated the U.S. “very unfairly” when it comes to the auto trade.
He really is tactless. Trump isn't fit to be president, just based on these conferences alone. The way he just handled this Japanese reporter as abhorrent.
This is my take as if this were in a vacuum in itself.
My god Trump just out there being openly racist to a Japanese reporter.
What's more, Trump claimed to have not understood two other reporters of color at the same press conference.
“I don't understand what you're saying,” Trump responded.
Many felt it was no coincidence Trump responded similarly to foreign reporters. Is it my imagination or has Trump mocked the accent of every foreign reporter called upon at this brouhaha? He can't help himself.
Seriously. Our President interrupts and dismisses every reporter that has an accent that isn't American. I wish we had a President we could respect at least a little bit.