Did Trump Insult ABC News Reporter Cecilia Vega and Tell Her She ‘Never’ Thinks?


UPDATE: The official White House transcript, after some debate, has Trump saying “thinking.”

President Donald Trump held a contentious press conference with White House reporters on Monday, scolding them for asking questions about Brett Kavanaugh at his trade announcement.

The presser started off with a tense exchange between the president and Cecilia Vega, ABC News’ senior White House correspondent.

Trump called on Vega, before joking: “She’s shocked that I picked her. She’s like in a state of shock.”

“I’m not. Thank you, Mr. President,” Vega replied.

Trump’s reply made headlines, everywhere from the Washington Post to Buzzfeed News to the Daily Beast to Bloomberg: “That’s okay, I know you’re not thinking. You never do.”

“I’m sorry?” Vega shot back, with a glare.

“No, go ahead,” Trump said with a laugh, and Vega asked her question.

It’s hard to tell exactly what Trump said to Vega, given the possible interpretations of their exchange, and how hard it is for Trump to operate his mouth.

It’s possible the exchange went as follows, which is a more innocuous interpretation:

Trump: “She’s shocked that I picked her. She’s in a state of shock.

Vega: “I’m not. Thank you, Mr. President.”

Trump: “That’s okay, I know you’re not thanking. You never do.”

Vega: “I’m sorry?

Trump: “No, go ahead.”

Watch above, and see what you think. Here’s another angle:

Vega did not address the Trump comment, but took to Twitter after the presser to criticize the president for shutting down questions about his Supreme Court nominee.

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