President Donald Trump ignored a reporter’s question Friday on whether former adviser Steve Bannon should be fired from Breitbart.
Bannon told author Michael Wolff that he believes Donald Trump Jr. committed treason by arranging a meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer. Those comments and Trump’s responses have dominated the news cycle this week.
Leaving the White House for a weekend at Camp David with Republican leaders, Trump stopped for a moment to give a brief statement to the press in a bitter 5 degree wind chill.
“I’m going over with the senators,” he said. “We’re going to Camp David. We have a lot of things to work on, a lot of things to accomplish. The stock market is up very, very big today. We’ve set new records, and I think they’ll be continued to set.”
“The tax cuts are really kicking in far beyond what anyone thought,” he continued. “Numerous companies have today come out and announced they’re going to make big payments to their employees, something that nobody really had in mind, so we are very honored by it. But the market is good. The jobs reports were very good, and we think they are going to get really good over the next couple of months. So again, we’re going to Camp David with a lot of the great Republican senators, and we are making America great again. Thank you, thank you very much.”
On his way to a waiting Marine One helicopter, a reporter yelled loudly at Trump: “Should Steve Bannon should be fired?”
Trump continued walking toward the aircraft, looking at the reporters with this expression on his face:
Then, he smirked just a bit.
Fox News host Dana Perino said on her show immediately after Trump’s departure that he “usually is willing to take some questions from reporters but I have to tell you that the former communications person it was smart of him not to do such a thing.”