Monday afternoon while speaking to reporters on the south lawn of the White House, President Donald Trump claimed he never gets insulted because he learned not to be. But people wondered when this knowledge was gained.
In response to a reporter asking:
“Would you be personally insulted if Xi doesn’t show up? Would you be insulted?”
“No, I’m never insulted. I’ve learned not to be insulted.”
Watch video of the exchange here.
Question: “Would you be personally insulted if Xi doesn’t show up? Would you be insulted?”
President Trump: “No, I’m never insulted. I’ve learned not to be insulted.” pic.twitter.com/qW3C2zZvGC
— The Hill (@thehill) June 11, 2019
However the President earned a reputation of being notoriously thin skinned before even taking office after lashing out at anyone who he perceived as less than complimentary to him.
In just the last month Trump went on the offensive against the news media, political opponents and celebrities on Twitter.
On the day most in the United States and around the world were posting messages about the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day, the President was on Twitter insulting actress, singer and icon Bette Midler.
Why? Midler insulted him by sharing a false quote often attributed to Trump that he did not say. The multiple award winner admitted the error and apologized.
In response, the President called Midler a washed up psycho.
Washed up psycho @BetteMidler was forced to apologize for a statement she attributed to me that turned out to be totally fabricated by her in order to make “your great president” look really bad. She got caught, just like the Fake News Media gets caught. A sick scammer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019
People were highly critical of his response.
Bette Midler has was won 3 Emmys, 3 Grammys, and 1 Tony award.
Trump couldn’t even win the popular vote.
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) June 5, 2019
They cited who the President criticizes and launches tweet attacks against rarely relates to national interests.
Trump’s attacks appear to center on those who are critical of his policies, behavior and statements. Or those who contradict or fact-check him in the media.
Donald Trump came down harder on Bette Midler for tweeting than he did on Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman for literally killing Jamal Khashoggi.
— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) June 5, 2019
Just a reminder:
While trump is busy throwing tweet tantrums at Bette Midler (?!?) in the middle of the damn night, he STILL hasn’t let one angry word find its way to Vladimir Putin, who attacked our free elections.
He is NOT a President.
He is treasonous trash.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 5, 2019
Trump has attacked…
– Kathy Griffin
– Meryl Streep
– Bette Midler
– Snoop Dogg
– Jussie Smollett
– Maxine Waters
– Don Lemon
Trump has not attacked…
– Man responsible for Otto Warmbier’s death.
– Man who hacked our election.
– Man responsible for Khashoggi’s murder.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) June 5, 2019
Given the President’s comments during his Make America Great Again rallies, while speaking to the press and on Twitter, people were skeptical of his claim of never being insulted.
What? Hahahahaha he’s never insulted…thinnest skin ever
— Steph DiG (@stephdig) June 11, 2019
All of Twitter: pic.twitter.com/D5OeXkWIpX
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) June 11, 2019
Not sure when or if I’ll ever stop being amazed at the man’s effortless lies and sociopathic lack of self awareness and candor. Absolutely amazing.
— Libration (@JohnPaceWrites) June 11, 2019
Also, all of Twitter: pic.twitter.com/UrGJGugp8U
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) June 11, 2019
Really? The self-delusion is strong.
— JMK55* (@ponymule) June 11, 2019
When asked about Chinese President Xi earlier in the day in a CNBC interview, President Trump stated:
“I think he will go and I think we’re scheduled to have a meeting. I think he’ll go.”
“I would be surprised if he didn’t go. I think he’s going. I haven’t heard that he’s not. We’re expected to meet and if we don’t that’s fine and if we do that’s fine.”
Both Presidents are expected to attend the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28 and 29.