Sunday 21 October 2018

RTE's Washington Correspondent Caitriona Perry tells tales on Trump after that 'bizarre' encounter in new book

Caitriona Perry reacts as US President Donald Trump speaks to her in the Oval Office
Caitriona Perry reacts as US President Donald Trump speaks to her in the Oval Office
Caitriona Perry reporting from the red carpet at the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood
RTÉ US bureau chief Caitríona Perry files a report in front of a New York skyline. Photo: RTE
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTE's Washington Correspondent Caitriona Perry made headlines around the world after her "bizarre" encounter with President Donald Trump over the summer.

And now the Knocklyon native (36) said she's "very excited" to release her first book chronicling her experiences in the States for the past three years.

Entitled In America: Tales From Trump Country, her book investigates why certain sectors of the US voted for the controversial figure.

"Every time I've been home over the last year and a half or so, so many people I meet ask me about Trump voters and can't understand how anyone could support him and vote for him. I felt writing this book would help explain all of that," she told the Herald.

Caitriona Perry reporting from the red carpet at the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood
Caitriona Perry reporting from the red carpet at the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood

Given Perry's busy brief with RTE, she said she couldn't take any time off to write, so she squeezed it into her schedule whenever she could.

"I wrote it earlier this year whenever I could really - nights and weekends when I wasn't working. I'm proud of this book and I just hope others enjoy it too."

Although the book was finished prior to her infamous encounter with Trump in the Oval Office, it had not yet gone to print so it's understood that there is a reference to it in her new tome.

In June, she was invited into the Oval Office to witness Trump's first phone call with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

RTÉ US bureau chief Caitríona Perry files a report in front of a New York skyline. Photo: RTE
RTÉ US bureau chief Caitríona Perry files a report in front of a New York skyline. Photo: RTE

In a video that sparked accusations of sexism, he pointed at Perry and beckoned her over, saying: "We have all of this beautiful Irish press."

He asked her where she was from and Caitriona approached him and introduced herself, prompting him to add to the Taoiseach: "She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well."

The DCU graduate was appointed to the US job in 2013 and has one more year before her term as foreign correspondent ends in 2018.

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