Trump Attacks Reporter for Asking if Whitaker Will Rein in Mueller: ‘What a Stupid Question’
On Friday, President Trump snapped at CNN’s Abby Phillip for asking a “stupid question” about whether he expects Matt Whitaker to intervene with Robert Mueller‘s investigation on Russia.
After gushing about Whitaker while claiming he doesn’t know the man he tagged to fill Jeff Sessions‘ former position, Trump was asked if he expects Whitaker to get involved with the Russia probe or rein Mueller in. Trump didn’t like that. Not. One. Bit.
“What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions.”
When Trump appointed Whitaker this week after essentially firing Sessions, numerous questions were raised on whether he’s trying to seize control of Mueller’s probe on Russia’s 2016 election-meddling. This arose from the fact that Trump trashed Sessions for months over his recusal from the Russia investigation, as well as the fact that Whitaker has been on the record for over a year with his opposition to Mueller’s investigation.
Trump’s sharp retort to Phillp earned a supportive comment from her CNN colleague who has also received Presidential insults, Jim Acosta, who tweeted:
My WH colleague @abbydphillip asking tough questions. Q: Do you expect Matt Whitaker to be involved in Russia probe? Trump: That’s up to him. Q: Do you want him to rein in Robert Mueller? Trump What a stupid question you asked. (Fact check: it’s one of the questions of the day)
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 9, 2018
Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.
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