Trump snarled at aides after AP reporter asked him embarrassing question in front of Putin: report
President Donald Trump fumed that a reporter asked the one question on everyone’s minds during his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post reported Saturday.
Jonathan Lemire, a White House reporter for the Associated Press and NBC News analyst, asked a direct question to Trump during the Helsinki summit.
“A question for each president. President Trump, you first,” Lemire began.
“Just now President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every US intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did,” Lemire noted. “My first question for you, sir, is who do you believe? My second question is would you now with the whole world watching tell President Putin — would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again?”
The Post reported Trump wondered why Lemire had been called on, rather than a reporter expected to ask an easier question. Trump reportedly did not listen when aides attempted to explain any journalist would have answered that question.
“If you don’t like the answer, you don’t like the question,” one White House official said of the thinking.
Following asking Trump the question the commander-in-chief reportedly disliked, Lemire questioned President Putin.
Lemire’s second of two questions, “does the Russian government have any compromising material on President Trump or his family?”