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Trump Made A Female Reporter Come Over To His Desk So He Could Comment On Her Looks

"She has a nice smile on her face, so I bet she treats you well."

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday interrupted his call with the new Irish prime minister to bring attention to a reporter, saying, "She has a nice smile on her face, so I bet she treats you well."

The reporter, Caitriona Perry, who has been the Washington correspondent for the Irish public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann since 2014, shared the "bizarre moment" on her Twitter feed and it quickly went viral.

Video of the bizarre moment when President @realDonaldTrump called me over during his call with Taoiseach… https://t.co/BXRktivMsa

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The interaction happened in the Oval Office during a phone conversation in which Trump was calling to congratulate Leo Varadkar on his election earlier this month as prime minister — known as a taoiseach in Ireland.

"We have a lot of your Irish press watching us right now," Trump told Varadkar, before turning to Perry. "We have all of this Irish, beautiful Irish press. Where are you from? Come here, come here..."

"She has a nice smile on her face, so I bet she treats you well," the president said to Varadkar on the phone as Perry, who was covering the call, retreated.

"He thanks you for the newspapers, Caitriona," Trump added.

RTÉ shared the clip of the "bizarre moment," which appears to have been shot from a camera Perry was holding.

During a call to Leo Varadkar, US President Donald Trump called over @CaitrionaPerry to say hello to the Taoiseach

In an article posted by RTÉ about the encounter, Perry described what it was like:

"One minute we were outside the window and the next minute I'm meeting the president of the United States," she told RTÉ Entertainment. "Usually we would shoot from outside the window of the White House and that's what we were expecting today, but instead we were invited inside to witness the president's call to the taoiseach. When we went in, he was already on the phone, but I managed to catch his eye and he called me over."

BuzzFeed News reached out to Perry for additional information, but a communications manager for RTÉ replied that she "is not doing any further interviews at the moment."

She also shared another image of the moment on her Instagram account — which has since been made private — saying, "One of the more bizarre moments of my time as #rte Washington Correspondent...being called over by President #Trump as he is in the middle of speaking to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. #thisjob #thistown #thereisnohashtag"

In response, people took to the internet to call Trump's comments creepy.

What a fucking creep https://t.co/lKpwqm1b2U

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"Creepy old man does a perv demo for the cameras..."

Creepy old man does a perv demo for the cameras... https://t.co/mFfzKEBuYr

People said they were disgusted by the way Trump focused on a woman's looks.

The fact that our President pointed out a woman and called her over to comment on her looks should disgust you. Thi… https://t.co/Jd2sJShoTb

People called it gross.

@JFTAXI @CaitrionaPerry @realDonaldTrump @campaignforleo @rtenews @POTUS if it were ANY other leader then yes, any… https://t.co/xrEYBlM3sO

And many found the interaction cringe-worthy.

Some even implied it made them gag.

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Others pointed out that Trump displayed "his lechery" in the Oval Office.

Trump doesn't allow formalities like sitting in the Oval Office to put a crimp in his lechery. https://t.co/SfsxWMVopp

Some said the interaction would be the perfect subject for an "HR harassment video."

U are a walking mandatory HR harassment video. No Woman should ever be objectified & humiliated like that by anyone… https://t.co/V559a8GfTP

Or as footage for a harassment training video.

@CaitrionaPerry @realDonaldTrump @campaignforleo @rtenews Sexual harassment training video.

"This should bring chills to anyone who has ever had to work with a man like this."

This should bring chills to anyone who has ever had to work with a man like this. https://t.co/VSOyMuMRbg

Some also pointed out how Trump was caught on a hot mic making a series of lewd comments years ago, including going after a married woman.

@Moezy86 @CaitrionaPerry @realDonaldTrump @campaignforleo @rtenews its almost like we elected a self professed sexual predator 😷

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And people started tweeting their apologies to the Irish reporter.

@CaitrionaPerry @realDonaldTrump @campaignforleo @rtenews We apologize for this demented buffoon caveman, the admit… https://t.co/OHtX5GqHnZ

"We apologize that our president is a weird, inappropriate creep."

@CaitrionaPerry @realDonaldTrump @campaignforleo @rtenews We apologize that our president is a weird, inappropriate creep.

"Embarrassed for my country," one person hashtagged.

@CaitrionaPerry @realDonaldTrump @campaignforleo @rtenews He called you over to look you over. Gross. #EmbarassedForMyCountry

People also applauded Perry's reaction.

@CaitrionaPerry @realDonaldTrump @campaignforleo @rtenews Grace under pressure, perfect example. 👏

"Smart move getting the heck out of there," said one Twitter user.

Smart move getting the heck out of there at the end. https://t.co/QjYxb6mrwD

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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