Once you make it to the top of the corporate ladder, it can easily become second nature to delegate responsibilities and tasks to those below you to the point where you don’t really have to do much. By the look of things, this is an approach Donald Trump may have taken in his past business ventures and is even trying to implement as the president.
That would surely explain the boatload of unqualified appointments of the past few weeks.
However, Trump’s attempts at weaseling his way out of his responsibilities reached a new low today during his highly covered press conference.
April Ryan, the White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, asked the president if he was going to collaborate with the Congressional Black Caucus with his plans for urban development.
Honest question, right? Well, Trump took the opportunity to be both pompous and racist.
After finding out what “CBC” stood for – which is how Ryan phrased it in her question – Trump took it upon himself to suggest she, a member of the media, overstep her bounds and do his job.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) February 16, 2017
“Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?” Trump asked.
Excuse me? Why would it be the responsibility of a reporter to connect the president of the United States with members of Congress? Not only does that head into the murky waters of a conflict of interest, but there’s probably a dozen people who it would be more appropriate to do just that.
And if you’re wondering why the question was racist – hint: not all black people know each other – you’re probably a part of the problem here.
In response to the awkward back and forth, the CBC took the Twitter to publicly call him out for not responding to their attempts to reach out to him.
— The CBC (@OfficialCBC) February 16, 2017
Trump may think he’s a professional question dodger, but he’s now going up against some of the best the press has to offer on a regular basis. He’s going to be held accountable whether he likes it or not.