"He said, 'I've known Donald a long time, ' and he said 'Forget it, '" Trump concluded, referring to the change of anti-Semitism.
Jake Turx, a reporter for Ami Magazine, started his question by telling Trump that he hasn't seen anyone in the Jewish community accusing him or his staff of being anti-Semitic. But on Wednesday, it was what he didn't say that left the media establishment and Liberal Americans aghast.
"See he said he was going to ask a very simple question and it's not", Trump shot back. OK, sit down. I understand the rest of your question. "That's not a fair question", Trump said, insisting he was "the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life". "Number two, racism. The least racist person". Worse than asking just a non-simple question, Trump said, Turx had asked "a very insulting question", one that Trump refused to dignify with an answer.
Another reporter followed up on the question later, reminding Trump that he failed to answer the original question about what he planned to do to address the anti-Semitic threats.
As far as people, Jewish people - so many friends, a daughter who happens to be here right now.
"You heard Netanyahu yesterday".
Trump has been called out for stacking his cabinet with men questionable histories on tolerance, notably former Breitbart boss Steve Bannon.
He then vowed: "We are going to stop crime in this country". In today's presser, Trump had the easy option of offering even perfunctory words of sympathy or reassurance to a nervous American minority community.
"This has to do with racism and disgusting things being put up".
Trump said, "Some of it is written by our opponents. And, you know, it was something that was very important to me", he added. You don't think anybody would do a thing like that. I think that you're going to see a lot of different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years. But you have some of the signs and some of that anger caused by the other side. They'll do signs and they'll do drawings that are inappropriate. It won't be my people. "It will be the people on the other side to anger people like you". Even if he misheard of misunderstood Turx's caveat at the beginning of his question, a basic acknowledgement of the core issue-namely, bigoted, seemingly nation-wide threats aimed at terrifying one specific subset of the president's constituents-could have accompanied Trump's reflexive sense of insult. "This is highly regretful and I'm going to seek clarification".