Pressed further about whether he hired Whitaker in order to end the Mueller probe, Trump attacked reporters. This is Trump being questioned by CNN’s Abby Phillip.
Abby Phillip: “Do you want him to rein in Robert Mueller?”
President Donald Trump: “What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions.”
Abby Phillip is one of three prominent black women reporters Trump has attacked in recent days. Last Wednesday, Trump accused PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor of asking a “racist question” at a White House news conference, after she asked Trump whether he was emboldening white nationalists. Trump went on to attack April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, whom Trump repeatedly told to “sit down” on Wednesday as she tried to ask a question about voter suppression.
President Donald Trump: “The same thing with April Ryan. I watched her get up. I mean, you talk about somebody that’s a loser. She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise or she gets a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty, and she shouldn’t be.”