WATCH: Thailand’s PM Bails on Questions By Telling Press to Ask Cardboard Cutout of Himself
WATCH: Thailand’s prime minister places cardboard cut-out of himself in front of microphone, tells reporters to “ask this guy” if they have any questions, and walks away. pic.twitter.com/tW28YGJ4tv
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 8, 2018
Politicians have always tried anything and everything to duck questions from the press. But one world leader has raised the bar for all others to clear — taking media evasion to an art form.
On Monday, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ditched a press conference by bringing out an actual, life-size, cardboard cutout of himself.
“If anyone wants to ask any questions on politics or conflicts, ask this guy,” Chan-ocha said — pointing to his cardboard likeness.
He directed an aide to place the cardboard cutout in front of the microphone, and then he totally bailed.
“Bye bye,” he said, waving to the journalists.
This, apparently, is not the first time Chan-ocha has been hostile to the press — in ways both serious and not. According to USA Today, the prime minister once threw a banana at a reporter. He also — in a manner described by USA Today as being “partially in jest — told the press he had the power to clear their executions.
Seems like President Donald Trump’s disdain of the media has nothing on this guy’s.
Watch above, via NBC News.
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