President Trump beckoned to an Irish journalist in the Oval Office on Tuesday to comment on her 'nice smile' during a phone call with Ireland's newly elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
RTÉ reporter Caitriona Perry was one of a group of reporters in the room when he made the 'bizarre' gesture.
Trump was on the phone with Varadkar, who is Ireland's first gay prime minister, to congratulate him on his recent election win when he remarked: 'Well, we have a lot of your Irish press watching us. They’re just now leaving the room.
'And where are you from? Go ahead, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press. Where are you from?’ beckoning to Ms. Perry.
He then told the Irish leader that she had a 'beautiful smile on her face' and added 'I bet she treats you well'.
As she stood awkwardly beside the desk, Ms. Perry continued smiling before gingerly making her way back to her seat.
Others in the room giggled at the president's remark.
Finally, the president delivered a message from the Irish prime minister.
'He thanks you for the newspapers Caitriona,' he said, prompting more laughs from the room.