"Like in a state of shock", he said.
Trump, apparently mishearing "thank you" as "thinking", responded with a seemingly unprovoked jab: "I know you're not thinking".
"She's shocked that I picked her", Trump said.
"What does that have to do with trade?"
Vega asked him to clarify his feelings about the limits of the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh.
The president also referred to the media as "loco," adding that he had chosen that word because he was there to talk about the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. Trump sidestepped the question, admonishing Vega in the process for not sticking to the topic of the press conference, which was trade. The updated transcript reads, "I know you're not thinking, you never do". After he again didn't answer, she tried a third time.
"A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask".
PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS APUS President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington
The reporter then says, "I'm sorry?" to which he answers, "No, go ahead".
But it was Trump's interactions with those reporters, maybe more than the not-NAFTA news itself, that's gotten attention. "Don't do that. Excuse me". Can you imagine if I had?
Trump then said, "That's OK". "Don't do that. That's not nice, and besides that, somebody is before you". While the tiny change could be a typo or other simple error, it's one that significantly changes the context of the statement, and the White House isn't talking about it. "You've had enough. You've really had enough".
It was that feeling of antipathy that was captured by the cameras when Trump had a moment of tense confrontation with a female journalist during a press conference at the White House on 1 October. "And it won't work".
In response to a question from a male reporter about Kavanaugh, the President said: "I watched a man saying that he did have difficulty as a young man with drink. We are now at the final stages of that procedure", he said, promising it would be wrapped up in "two or three weeks".