President Donald Trump called the new head of Ireland to offer his congratulations… but first, he had to wait.
Trump was put on hold for about 90 seconds as he waited for Leo Varadkar the new taoiseach (Irish prime minister) to come to the phone while the assembled press watched, according to CBS News.
Then it got even more awkward.
After complimenting Varadkar on a “great victory,” Trump called out to Caitriona Perry, the U.S. bureau chief for Ireland’s RTE News.
“And where are you from?” he asked. “Go ahead, come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press. Where are you from?”
Perry approached the desk and introduced herself.
“She has a nice smile on her face,” Trump reported to Varadkar. “So I bet she treats you well.”
Here’s the awkward encounter from another angle:
— Caitriona Perry (@CaitrionaPerry) June 27, 2017