Donald Trump has a pretty negative reputation when it comes to women — one that, admittedly, is well-deserved. His most famous remark was when he boasted about being able to grab women “by the p****” because he was wealthy and famous, but he’s also been accused of sexual assault and harassment multiple times. So when he complimented a female reporter in the Oval Office, liberals immediately thought the worst of him.
Trump was in the middle of a phone call with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar when he noticed Caitríona Perry, the U.S. Bureau Chief for Ireland’s RTÉ News. He called Perry over, saying, “Go ahead, come here, where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press, where are you from?”
Perry introduced herself, and Trump said to Prime Minister Varadkar, “Caitríona Perry. She has a nice smile on her face, so I bet she treats you well.” The exchange was immediately criticized by many people, who called it sexist. Perry herself described it as “bizarre”.