President Donald Trump has been known to effectively handle reporters who push him too far, and he recently reminded the mainstream media of that fact in his first press event in several weeks.
Following a Thanksgiving call to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas, the president engaged in a heated exchange with a Reuters reporter, calling him a “lightweight” and chastising him for addressing a president in such a manner.
“Don’t talk to me that way”
Soon after Trump signaled that he would take some questions from members of the media, Jeff Mason asked if he would be willing to concede the election should the Electoral College declare Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.
The president started to answer the question but was soon interrupted by the reporter.
Trump reiterated his belief that Biden could not have received as many votes as the media has attributed to him, to which Mason attempted to elicit a clearer answer to his initial question.
As the clip below shows, the reporter reached a point at which Trump snapped back in no uncertain terms:
“Don’t talk to me that way. You’re just a lightweight. I’m the President of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the president that way.”@realDonaldTrump tears into a reporter who snapped at him to “just answer the question or don’t” before moving on. pic.twitter.com/AMd8GQ7JU1
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 27, 2020
“Certainly I will”
“Don’t talk to me that way,” Trump replied. “You’re just a lightweight. I’m the president of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the president that way.”
He immediately pivoted to another reporter, who posed a virtually identical question, asking if Trump would “leave the building” if Biden is deemed to be the winner.
“Certainly,” the president answered. “Certainly I will.”
Trump’s contentious moment came amid the Trump re-election campaign’s continuing legal battle over allegations of widespread fraud during the 2020 election.
Despite a number of setbacks in courts across key swing states, Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tweeted on Friday that a recent loss before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is headed to the Supreme Court.