Following his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland last week, President Donald Trump reportedly griped that the question asked of him regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was too hard.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump wondered why Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire had been selected to ask the president a question, rather than someone who would have presented him with an easier query.
Lemire asked if Trump would, “with the whole world watching, tell President Putin that you denounce what happened in 2016, and would you warn him to never do it again?”
Trump offered a rambling response that touched on the hacked Democratic National Committee servers and ended with his later reversed claim that he saw no reason the meddling would have come from Russia.
“But I have confidence in both parties,” Trump said, apparently referring to the U.S. intelligence community and Putin.
Aides reportedly told Trump that any other reporter would have asked a similar question at the press conference.
“If you don’t like the answer, you don’t like the question,” a White House official told the Post.