Ireland has its first openly gay prime minister, and everyone knows it except Donald Trump.
President Trump got on the horn with Leo Varadkar, the newly elected PM, for a brief congratulatory call. After saying he feels like he "knows all the Irish people" in the United States, he went on to make a sexist remark about a female Irish journalist, Caitriona Perry.
As The Hill reports, Trump told the PM, "She has a nice smile on her face. So I bet she treats you well."
Earlier, he singled out Perry in the Oval Office. "And where are you from? Go ahead, come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press," he said. The Hill points out that Perry laughed and "took the exchange in good humor" — the same way women have been forced to react in uncomfortable, boundary-crossing situations since the beginning of time.
Twitter is going to work on the clip, with responses pointing out everything from Trump's history of "grabbin' em" when it comes to women and the fact that Prime Minister Varadkar is gay. Not everyone can be so easily swayed by a woman's smile.
So embarrassing... even for a beauty pageant host...https://t.co/F3gfhAa9TG— MJR jnr (@onetruebritt) June 27, 2017
Sane America apologizes on behalf of the pervert-in-chief. We're working it out...— kerry ??? (@spitterati) June 27, 2017
Why didn't one of the reporters call him out on this behavior? They just let him be a pig.— janice hooper (@siobahnhooper) June 27, 2017
Trump comments on her looks, her smile, followed by the most inappropriate remark to Leo. "I bet she treats you well." Disgusting old man.— Sands of our time (@keyinthedust) June 27, 2017