The more than two dozen children clamored for Trump to sign their White House access passes before he eventually invited the group along with several reporters into the Oval Office.
Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump is surrounded by the children of members of the media during Take Your Child To Work Day in the Oval Office on April 26, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
When a reporter asked whether the president had any comment on Dr. Ronny Jackson, who announced his withdrawal as the nominee for Veterans’ Affairs secretary earlier in the morning, Trump gave a short answer.
“He’s a great man, and he got treated very, very unfairly. He got treated really unfairly,” Trump said. “And he’s a hell of a man.”
It’s not the first time the president has entertained a reporters’ question during a ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ event. Last year an ABC News reporter asked the president how he planned to pay for the GOP’s planned massive tax cut as the president greeted children in the Rose Garden, to which the president replied, “The growth is going to pay for it.”
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Once inside the Oval Office, the president played tour guide for the kids and complimented their reporter parents for not using the occasion to press him to answer further questions on various news of day topics.
“Do you know they say this is the most important office anywhere in the world, right?” Trump said. “And your parents are behaving very nicely for a change.”
Earlier, press secretary Sarah Sanders held an off-camera mock White House press briefing with the kids seated in their parents’ assigned chairs where they asked multiple questions.
Douliery Olivier/ABACAWhite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers questions from children of journalists in the press briefing room, April 26, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
After fielding questions on subjects like fired FBI director James Comey and Jackson, Sanders quipped, “I thought I was doing some easy stuff, your parents must have made some plants!”