Anton Savage: 'Trump's comments to Perry would be equally horrible if he said it to a guy... but we all know he wouldn't'
Broadcaster Anton Savage has rowed in behind his journalistic colleague Caitríona Perry branding her interaction with US president Donald Trump as "creepy".
Ms Perry, the Washington Correspondent for RTÉ, has found herself in the midst of a global maelstrom after the president singled her out during his call with Taoiseach Leo Varadakar and said she has a "nice smile".
The brief but bizarre moment was uploaded by Perry to Twitter and has been viewed thousands of times around the world.
American women have taken to Twitter to apologise for Trump's actions and the global media has questioned the appropriateness of his behaviour in the Oval Office.
Now Savage, writing in his Herald column today, said it was wrong to treat the encounter as an aside.
"Catriona Perry’s interaction with Donald Trump is being treated as a charming but odd aside to the call between the President and the Taoiseach. It wasn’t," he said.
Trump was like a "creepy principal" he argued.
The bizarre encounter would have been "equally horrible if he said it to a guy", Savage said.
"But we all know he wouldn't," he added.
The media commentator also called out those in the room with the RTÉ presenter.
"Saddest of all, no one said any-thing. No mutter of disapproval, no heckle of “she’s a competent reporter doing a job”.
"Everybody just grinned and giggled," he said.