Donald Trump’s propensity for storming out of meetings and interviews that displease him is one of his more childish traits, The Nation‘s Joan Walsh said Thursday evening.
During a discussion about the president’s shutdown meeting with Democratic leaders — in which he offered them candy before walking out and tweeting “bye bye” at a deal to reopen the government — CNN host Erin Burnett noted that it’s far from the first time Trump acted that way.
She rolled a clip from 1990 in which Trump told a reporter to “do the interview with somebody else” before rising to his feet and leaving.
Burnett then played a clip from a May 2017 CBS interview in the Oval Office where the president told his interviewer that the two of them have their own different opinions.
“But I want to know your opinions,” the reporter said. “You’re the president of the United States.”
“Okay, that’s enough,” Trump responded, shooing the interviewer away.
Walsh noted that the way the president thinks such displays make him look differ from how others see them.
“He thinks it shows strength,” she said, “when it really makes him look like a big old baby.”