Caitriona Perry has finally given her side of the story over the controversy with President Donald Trump earlier this year.
The 36-year-old former RTE Washington Correspondent for was this week announced as one of the two new presenters of the Six One news, however, it was her run-in with Mr. Trump that had her name known worldwide.
When Caitriona was in the Oval Office to witness the first phone call between Trump and Leo Varadkar, she was ushered up to the desk by The President, where he said “She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well,” to Mr. Varadkar.
Trump was widely critcised for singling her out and making comments about her appearance, and the journalist is now saying that she was in a “lose-lose situation.”
“It’s almost a cliche but it’s also true: no journalist wants to be the centre of a story. In college you’re taught not to use the words ‘I’ or ‘me’,” Caitriona told Independent.ie
“In some ways it wasn’t hard to step back because the furore was so huge; it went all around the world. I didn’t read the vast majority of what was written about it. It is a little odd when you see so many people talk about how you must have felt.
“It was a good insight for me because usually I’m on the other side of the media. People identified with the incident based on their own life experience – which, it must be said, is what Donald Trump does to people.
“I felt I was in a lose-lose situation – if I said I was uncomfortable I would have been calling the President Of The United States inappropriate, whereas if I said it had rolled off me, I would have been offending all these women who took up the cause on my behalf. I had dealt with that kind of comment before, I don’t think that there is a professional woman alive who hasn’t.”
Caitriona is currently in the process of moving back to Ireland to take up her role on the Six One RTE news alongside Keelin Shanley.