SV Dáte had waited five long years to ask Donald Trump a question: “Mr. President, after three and a half years [of Trump’s presidency], do you regret at all all the lie you told the american people?
Confronted with Dáte’s question at Thursday’s White House briefing, Trump responded with a question of his own. “All the what?” He said.
Dáte: “All the lies, all the dishonest. “
Trump: “Who did? “
“You did,” said Dáte, who is the Huffington Post’s White House correspondent. “Tens of thousands …” he began to say, before Trump interrupted him and called another reporter, who asked him a question about payroll taxes.
In July, the Washington Post reported that Trump had made more than 20,000 “false or misleading claims” during his presidency.
Sensational. A reporter (I don’t know who he is) asks Trump, “After three and a half years, do you regret all the lie you’ve told the American people?” Trump quickly moves on to the next question. pic.twitter.com/DHn3UvXHnN
– Aaron Rupar (atrupar) 13 August 2020
Speaking to the Guardian, Dáte said he asked the question because it was the first time he had had the chance.
“I don’t know why he called me, because I already tried to ask him [in March] and he interrupted me halfway through the question. Maybe he didn’t recognize me this time, ”he says. “You know, he has this group of people that he normally asks questions to. “
It was Dáte’s turn in the White House in the press pool, and so he had a top seat. “I had always thought that if he ever called me, that’s the one thing that is really at the heart of his presidency,” he said.
For five years, I wanted to ask him that.
– SV You give (@svdate) 13 Aug 2020
Trump’s lie was “the singular piece of his presidency that will be remembered in 10 years.”
Dáte wasn’t surprised at Trump’s answer to the question – ignoring that was always going to be the most likely reaction, he thought.
When asked if he thought he would be allowed in next time, Dáte replied, “Yes, absolutely.”
With the burning question posed, what would he ask if he had another chance?
Since Trump hadn’t responded, it would be, “Mr. President, you didn’t respond last time. Could you explain why you said… “whatever the number is by then,” Dáte said.