She ‘never treated me nicely’
Published 4:24 PM EDT Sep 17, 2019
WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump commented on the passing of trailblazing journalist Cokie Roberts on Tuesday by calling her a “professional”, but saying that she “never treated me nicely.”
Traveling on Air Force One, Trump said, “I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional, and I respect professionals. I respect you guys a lot, you people a lot. She was a real professional. Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional.”
During the 2016 campaign, Roberts and then-candidate Trump quarreled during an interview on MSNBC over the impact of his rhetoric on immigration and race, asking him if he was “proud of that? Is that something that you’ve done in American social and political discourse that you are proud of?”
Trump replied that he thought her question was “very nasty,” claiming that he had not heard of such reports of the incidents Roberts was referring to, which included white children invoking Trump’s campaign talk as a way heckle other kids of color.
Roberts had a 40-year career in journalism working at ABC News and NPR, earning top-tier journalism awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, three Emmy Awards, and induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
She was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.
“Our dear friend and colleague Cokie Roberts passed away this morning in Washington, surrounded by her family and closest friends,” ABC News President James Goldston said in a statement.
Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama called Roberts a “trailblazing figure; a role model to young women at a time when the profession was still dominated by men” in a statement, continuing that she was “a constant over forty years of a shifting media landscape and changing world, informing voters about the issues of our time and mentoring young journalists every step of the way.”
Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush said Roberts “covered us for decades as a talented, tough, and fair reporter.”