It's as if the media at times has become no better than your average grocery store tabloid telling you of noteworthy people's mundane activities. The media is searching so diligently for something, anything to bash President Donald Trump and anyone associated with him in any way that they've resorted to asking questions about an administration official having someone walk his dog for them. Yeah, it's that bad.
During a question-and-answer session following a White House roundtable with restaurant executives and industry leaders on Monday, a reporter decided it was as good a time as any to ask the president about a supposed investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo allegedly having some of his staffers walk his dog and pick up his dry cleaning.
Trump answered by explaining that Pompeo is a "brilliant guy" who might be busy at times while trying to negotiate "war and peace with major, major countries," and the "Democrats and the fake news media are interested in a man who's walking their dog."
"I don't know," Trump said summing up his comments concerning the media. "I think this country has a long way to go. The priorities are really screwed up when I read this."
Trump also pressed the reporter about his query into "Saudi arms deals."
"What Saudi arms deals, explain," Trump requested to the reporter.
"Congress passed a law to restrict sales to Saudi Arabia over certain arms over their use in the [mumbled dialogue] crisis," the reporter responded. "The question is whether Secretary Pompeo tried to subvert the deal with actions he may have taken on the...[Trump interjects]."
The Saudi arms bill that the reporter is referring to is the same legislation that Trump vetoed in 2019, which "would have blocked the sales of certain weapons to Saudi Arabia," according to Reuters.
Trump himself didn't mention the vetoed bill, but did talk about selling arms to "friendly" countries.
Here's part of what Trump said:
We have countries that want to buy our arms, and we make it so difficult for them they end up going to Russia and China. And under my administration, if they're friendly countries, I try and make it as easy as possible. If they want to buy our fighter jets and if they want to give us billions and billions of dollars - and they have other alternatives, including China, Russia and others - I think we should make it as easy as possible for them. And we should take the jobs and take the money cause it's billions of dollars. And in past administrations, they waited so long the people wouldn;t even want to do business with us.
After Trump's comments about dealing arms to other countries, he closed out his response to the reporter by basically putting him in his place for asking a question about "dog walking" and "washing dishes."
"What are you telling me?" Trump rhetorically asked. "It's terrible. It's so stupid. You know how stupid that sounds to the world? Unbelievable."
For Trump's full comments to the reporter, watch below: