White House Edits Transcript to Reflect Trump's Insult to Reporter

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The White House corrected its transcript of Monday's press conference after facing claims that it airbrushed an embarrassing moment out of the Rose Garden event by omitting a verbal jab President Trump threw at the second journalist he called on. "She's like in a state of shock", Trump said of ABC's Cecelia Vega.

Vega responded with "I'm sorry?" before calmly asking him about reports that the White House is limiting the scope of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "Do you have a question on trade?"

"That's OK. I know you're not thinking", Mr Trump then said.

The president on Monday suggested Vega wasn't "thinking" and "never" does during the press conference.

But Trump's display of mockery and disrespect towards women reporters, especially has gotten even worse since September, when multiple women, including Christine Blasey Ford, came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Kavanaugh. Trump dodged the question, so she asked again.

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The reporter, surprised by the president's response, then said, "I'm sorry?"

Despite being somewhat disoriented by Trump's comments, Vega launched into a question about a recent tweet Trump made in reference to the Kavanaugh investigation.

The result: He managed to avoid answering hard questions. Yes, I did.' But without the question, the transcript made that crucial moment in history almost impossible to understand.

Trump interrupted Jiang as well and when she pointed that fact out, he told her to sit down. "You've had enough", he yelled before turning to another reporter. Sure, that'd be quite a coincidence, touching up the transcript in such a way as to obscure Trump publicly belittling a woman reporter for no reason, but I can't definitely say whether this was an inadvertent error or a deliberate attempt at deception.

In either case, the HuffPost reported on Tuesday morning that the White House had issued a correction on the official transcript, amending the word in question to correctly read "thinking". "It's unfair to him at this point". "I'd be a mess".

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