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Journalist tells Trump, ‘We have a lot of blonde women in Finland’ after he confuses her for another reporter

US President asks why reporter was getting to ask another question

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 August, 2017, 11:46am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 August, 2017, 11:54am

By Maxwell Tani

President Donald Trump confused two Finnish journalists at a joint press conference on Monday.

After taking several questions, Trump encouraged Finish President Sauli Niinistö to take an additional question.

But when he called on a female Finnish reporter, Trump interrupted him, appearing to mistake the reporter for another member of the Finnish media who’d asked him a question several minutes earlier. 

“Again? You’re going to give her the same one?” Trump said. 

“No, she’s not the same lady,” Niinistö said. “They are sitting side-by-side.”

“We have a lot of blonde women in Finland,” the reporter joked.

Though Trump has regularly criticised American reporters, his treatment of foreign journalists has also raised eyebrows.

Earlier this year, Trump interrupted a diplomatic phone call with Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to tell an Irish reporter she had a “nice smile.”

“She has a nice smile on her face, so I bet she treats you well,” Trump said to the prime minister.

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