Donald Trump Hijacked a Question for the Finnish President to Deliver an Angry Rant and the Finnish President Was Not Having It
Ever since Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the House of Representatives would proceed with an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, the POTUS has used every opportunity to plead his case with the public.
Including interrupting and hijacking the questions for Finnish President Sauli Niinistö during a joint news conference.
Earlier in the question and answer session with the press, President Niinistö can be heard laughing at President Trump's avoidance of a question from Reuters Jeff Mason, telling him to not be rude and ask the Finnish President a question.
Trump berates @jeffmason1 after Mason presses him to actually answer the question he asked (he never does). The Fin… https://t.co/EBGr2R3Kwb— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1570043323.0
However when Mason does ask President Niinistö a question...
Trump seems to be losing it. Here he is highjacking a question intended for the Finnish president and ranting about… https://t.co/oihIivh8w5— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1570043400.0
...Trump interrupts and decides to answer.
Although Finnish President Niinistö tells Trump that Mason's question was intended for him.
The Finnish president looks uncomfortable... https://t.co/4yUa9QtRpM— Jeff Mason (@Jeff Mason)1570042069.0
Their meeting earlier in the day did not fare much better. As detailed before, President Trump has issues with personal space and putting his hands on other world leaders.
Kids, if a creepy old man tells you he thinks you're "perfect" and that he wants to have a "special relationship" w… https://t.co/jPCm7bJgj9— Tom Scott (@Tom Scott)1524605979.0
Niinistö appears to dislike this particular habit of Trump's.
The President of Finland has a solidly Scandinavian response to physical contact from Trump. https://t.co/vZca7v7zgu— southpaw (@southpaw)1570036288.0
@VerbleGherulous @nycsouthpaw @trabernlaw https://t.co/Adjpzis8UM— aHEMagain^2 (@aHEMagain^2)1570040698.0
@nycsouthpaw Throwback to the Japanese PM's reaction to a freaking 19-second handshake. https://t.co/3aVX9ViAm7— Edward Carney (@Edward Carney)1570042239.0
@nycsouthpaw #Same 🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/jir0YlSBYx— Fabbz (@Fabbz)1570039201.0
At the news conference, President Niinistö got his chance to answer Mason's question just before President Trump launched into another rant that culminated in him abruptly ending the joint press conference, leaving the Finnish President behind. Niinistö pauses after leaving the dais, then eventually follows Trump out.
Trump attacks CNN and then abruptly ends the news conference. What an embarrassment. https://t.co/RWCORiiU4f— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1570043531.0
The entire episode was not the POTUS' finest hour in foreign relations and international diplomacy.
@atrupar @RobCalfee Well good luck on the press unwrapping that mess. Trump just spewed— Eddy Ventura (@Eddy Ventura)1570043855.0
@atrupar The whole time I wanted Mason to shut Trump down by saying “excuse me, this was a question for the Preside… https://t.co/sw4ug4iVls— [Qm][Sp] (@[Qm][Sp])1570044930.0
@QuantumSpooky @atrupar My favorite part of the circus today. Trump refusing to answer his question and then shutti… https://t.co/tPK4oMmHea— Logical Liberal (@Logical Liberal)1570048136.0
@atrupar @MarkBardell1 He's a national embarrassment. 😬🤦🏻♀️— 💙🌊Liddle Whistleblower🌊💙 (@💙🌊Liddle Whistleblower🌊💙)1570044239.0
@atrupar @shirltom2 What in the hell was that? The Finnish President looked at Trump and said "I think the question… https://t.co/Bsegw4yKL3— Nicholas Patrick (@Nicholas Patrick)1570047234.0
@atrupar @shirltom2 @SenateGOP @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats @HouseGOP @senatemajldr @SpeakerPelosi THAT is NOT HOW… https://t.co/45sIQoPZTR— Nicholas Patrick (@Nicholas Patrick)1570047383.0
@atrupar https://t.co/BsGv05gMR6— 𝔉ɪʟᴛʜʏ ℌɪᴘᴘɪᴇ ɪɴ ᴀ 𝕷ᴏɪɴᴄʟᴏᴛʜ (@𝔉ɪʟᴛʜʏ ℌɪᴘᴘɪᴇ ɪɴ ᴀ 𝕷ᴏɪɴᴄʟᴏᴛʜ)1570043871.0
@atrupar Trump: I DEMAND THAT TOU ASK HIM A QUESTION!!!! Reporter: asks Finland a question Trump: I’ll answer that question— BeHolder (@BeHolder)1570044480.0
@atrupar He is three seconds away from ripping all his clothes off and screaming "My mommy didn't love me"— kathleen (@kathleen)1570043462.0
@atrupar @VioletReads Donnie is really pissed about everything.— BHold (@BHold)1570044796.0
@atrupar Can we get @realDonaldTrump sectioned? He's utterly unhinged.— Quinn Daniels (@Quinn Daniels)1570048600.0
@atrupar @realDonaldTrump has lost it. I have trouble keeping up with all his nonsense. I applaud our #journalists… https://t.co/lxZM3Ly5jZ— Dr. Mary Adams (@Dr. Mary Adams)1570050304.0
With each passing day, the President seems more and more desperate. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.