President Trump tells White House reporters' children: 'You ask better questions than your parents!'
The president had announced that he would not be attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner this year either. The event typically sees a mix of journalists and politicians.
President Donald Trump, for the Bring Your Child To Work Day event at the White House, invited all the children of the reporters who cover his administration and insulted their parents in front of them, according to reports.
Trump, while talking to the children in the Rose Garden, said: "Your parents are being very nice right now, I can't believe it! Because they don't want to embarrass themselves in front of you. You understand that? They're being so nice I can't believe it."
The president then made a direct jibe at the reporters and told them: "Honestly, the children ask me better questions, if you want to know the truth."
He then turned to the children and left it to them to decide whether they wanted their parents to accompany them to the Oval Office with him, and asked them: "Do you want your parents in the Oval Office or out?" The children reportedly responded with: "Out!"
The president, in the Oval Office, told the children that they were "in the most important office anywhere in the world."
"And your parents are behaving very nicely for a change. That means they love and respect you, right?' Trump said.
The president, ever since he assumed the officer, has had a very discordant relationship with the press and likes to point out how "dishonest" most of the press is when it comes to representing him.
The president also recently announced that he would not be attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner this year either. The event typically sees a cozy mix of journalists and politicians. President Trump had given a miss to the event last year.
The Republican, on Thursday's event, consistently kept returning to the topic of the children's parents while talking to them.
"Look how nice your parents are being. They're not screaming," he said. "But you love your parents, right? Everybody love their parents?" and all the kids responded with, "Yes."
The children also participated in an off-camera meeting press briefing with the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Sanders' children were also present at the White House during the event.
Sanders was rather taken aback when she was probed with tough questions from the children about Trump's failed Veterans' Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson, and about the firing of former FBI chief James Comey.