Following his meeting with Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump decided to saunter down to the White House lawn for an impromptu interview with the closest thing he has to mass-consumed state media: Fox News’ Fox & Friends.
Wow, the highest rated (by far) morning show, @foxandfriends, is on the Front Lawn of the White House. Maybe I’ll have to take an unannounced trip down to see them?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018
It was during that “unannounced trip down to see them” that Donald Trump expressed envy that Dear Leader Kim Jong-un’s people sit up in attention when he speaks. Trump said, “I want my people to do the same.”
Like so many Americans who aren’t current employed by Fox & Friends, CBS News correspondent Weijia Jiang wondered how Donald Trump has had naught but high praise for ruthless dictator Kim Jong-un since returning last week from his summit.
Jiang queued up with the other reporters Friday morning outside the White House, trying to get in a question with the president. But Rather Trump refused to answer Jiang. Instead, per Jiang, Donald Trump singled her out and told her to be “quiet” no fewer than five times.
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) June 15, 2018
Pressed further on the specifics of the North Korean agreement, the president turned to someone nearby, then pointed back at Jiang. Shaking his head dismissively, he said, “She’s so… she’s so obnoxious.”
Trump added another “quiet” just for good measure:
“Quiet!” President Trump says to a reporter: “She’s so obnoxious. Quiet.” pic.twitter.com/nZE0bUPGoP
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 15, 2018
Just as Trump has walked back his “my people” quote, he will probably claim to be kidding about calling Jiang obnoxious. Just as he was engaging in jovial locker room talk during the infamous Access Hollywood open mic incident.
One wonders who told Donald Trump he was funny, but, more importantly, one wonders who told Donald Trump he was qualified to be President of the United States.