Trump insults female reporter: 'You're not thinking. You never do'

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Mr Trump pointed to ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega to take her question and delivered an aside of his own as she momentarily turned to pick up the microphone. But as she, and many others pointed out, a press conference means reporters get to ask whatever they want.

"She's shocked that I picked her", said Trump as a flock of staffers behind him - mostly men - smiled or laughed. "Like in a state of shock".

Vega stood up and said, "I'm not thinking about that, Mr. President". "That's OK, I know you're not thinking, you never do".

U.S. President Donald Trump's treatment of reporters - especially female reporters - is still as problematic a blend of condescension and contempt as it was since his last lashing out, which was only four days ago. "Don't do that", he said. Similarly to Vega, Collins was reproached with the president wagging his finger at her saying her actions were "not nice".

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"I'm sorry?" Vega replied before asking her question. You never do. Now, go ahead.

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But it was Trump's interactions with those reporters, maybe more than the not-NAFTA news itself, that's gotten attention.

Vega attempted to ask a question about the Brett Kavanaugh probe, but was rebuked by Trump, who wanted her to ask about the newly inked trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada (USMCA).

During the contentious presser in New York City on September 26, which came a day before the Kavanaugh-Ford hearings, Trump did not call on a single woman to ask him any question until CNN's Jim Acosta pointedly requested him to do so.

The president did eventually come back to Vega for her Kavanaugh question, but when she asked a follow-up, he told her "you don't understand what I'm saying, you do understand you just won't report it that way". "Do you have a question on trade?"

After several questions on the issue, Collins tried again.

He said then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever". "You've had enough. You've really had enough". "I'm not", Vega said.