Donald Trump has thrown a tantrum or two in his very young political career, but none like the whopper he threw during an Oval Office interview with CBS’ John Dickerson. Trump becomes increasingly upset throughout the line of questioning, eventually says he is done with the interview, and motions for Dickerson to leave the room.
You may be wondering, what could have made the president throw a reporter out of the Oval Office? The answer is painfully clear. Trump can’t handle a challenge.
The president of the United States is so used to having everything handed to him and no one brave enough to stand up to him, that even the simplest line of questioning can send him into a rage.
Poor Melania. Not.
Dickerson, likely very confused by Trump’s actions, had not done anything disrespectful, or even rude. All he did was ask for Trump’s opinion on the wiretapping claims.
As Trump is visually very regretful of the tweet heard ’round the world, he refuses to say that he was wrong in asserting that Obama spied on him in Trump Tower.
The awkward exchange between Dickerson and Trump went as follows:
When asked about the wiretapping claim, Trump responded:
“I don’t stand by anything. I just — you can take it the way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly. And everybody’s talking about it. And frankly it should be discussed. I think that is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it’s a very big topic. And it’s a topic that should be number one. And we should find out what the hell is going on.”
Dickerson pressed harder:
“I’m asking you because you don’t want it to be fake news. I want to hear it from President Trump.”
Trump responded again:
“You don’t have to ask me. You don’t have to ask me.”
To which Dickerson asked:
Trump grew increasingly upset. He said:
“Because I have my own opinions, you can have your own opinions.”
The relentless reporter replied:
“But I want to know your opinions. You’re the president of the United States.”
That’s when Trump blew his lid. The gall of this peasant, this peon, questioning Trump in all his golden glory. I mean, can you even believe it?! To ask the president of the United States his opinion about something he recently said is completely and utterly uncalled for.
Trump ended the interview by saying:
“That’s enough. Thank you. Thank you very much.”
Trump then signaled with his arm that Dickerson should show himself out of the Oval Office before he was removed by Secret Service.
CBS Anchor Gayle King later asked Dickerson if he was removed from the Oval Office, to which Dickerson replied:
“I think it was pretty clear that I was to escort myself out, or I would be escorted out — I would be moved along. It was time for our conversation to be over.”
So long for the streak of phony interviews in which Trump tried to convey a calm and reasonable demeanor.