One of the many reasons why Donald Trump stunningly won the 2016 presidential election is because he is a maverick who lacks traditional D.C. “decorum.”
He is not a traditional politician, which is what so many voters found appealing.
One of the many ways in which Trump has broken away from his predecessors has been how he handles the media.
The mainstream media, which has had carte blanche for years now, has seemingly met its match in a president who isn’t meek or willing to kowtow to their warped biases.
That fact was never more apparent than Trump’s Monday press conference announcing the historic new trade deal between America, Canada and Mexico.
Trump, flanked by his advisers in the Rose Garden, was relatively subdued while announcing a genuinely big deal.
“It is my great honor to announce that we have successfully completed negotiations on a brand new deal to terminate and replace NAFTA and the NAFTA trade agreements with an incredible new U.S., Mexico, Canada agreement called USMCA,” Trump announced.
“(USMCA) has a good ring to it,” Trump added.
This is a big win for Trump, considering he’s been criticizing the NAFTA deal since before he was even president.
Absentee Governor Kasich voted for NAFTA and NAFTA devastated Ohio – a disaster from which it never recovered. Kasich is good for Mexico!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016
Considering the historic ramifications of a new trade deal replacing NAFTA, it would make sense that the reporters on hand would have questions about it.
Only, that wasn’t the case.
To the surprise of virtually nobody who has ever seen mainstream media coverage of Trump, CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins wanted to talk about something else.
What should have been a victory lap for Trump turned into yet another opportunity for him to be grilled over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
To be fair, the topic of Kavanaugh is certainly newsworthy. But there’s a time and a place for everything. A Rose Garden press conference about a new trade deal is neither the time nor place.
Past presidents may have been willing to give Collins some canned stock answer and tried to move on. Trump had other ideas.
“Now that you’ve answered several questions on trade, I’d like to turn …” Collins began.
“Don’t do that. Excuse me. Do you have a question on trade? … Don’t do that. That’s not nice,” Trump responded, cutting off Collins’ inquiry quickly.
“You answered several questions on trade. My question is on Judge Kavanaugh. You said the FBI should interview (anyone) that they believe is appropriate. Does that include Julie Swetnick, the third accuser?” Collins persisted.
Trump, not willing to play Collins’ game, tried to get her back on topic.
“Excuse me, don’t do that. Do have a question on trade?” Trump asked.
When it became clear that Collins wasn’t going to let this go, Trump abruptly moved onto another reporter.
“Give me a question, please. Give her the microphone, please,” Trump said. A White House aide promptly took Collins’ mic and handed it to another reporter.
The far-left media will undoubtedly paint this as some press-muzzling atrocity, but Collins isn’t a stranger to Trump’s wrath. She previously claimed to have lost access to a different Rose Garden event because Trump officials didn’t like her questions.
Say what you will about Trump, but it’s refreshing to have a president who isn’t willing to suckle at the teat of mainstream media.
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