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Donald Trump was called out by a reporter for getting two blonde journalists confused in an embarrassing press conference blunder.
Mr Niinistö invited Finnish journalist Paula Vilén to ask a question, followed ten minutes later by Maria Annala who was sitting next to her.
Believing they were both the same person, Mr Trump said: “Again? You’re going to give her the same one?”
Mr Niinistö replied: “No, she’s not the same one. They are sitting side-by-side.”
The room erupted with laughter as a less-than-impressed Ms Annala muttered: “We have a lot of blonde women in Finland.”
She then went on to ask the US President whether he believed Finland would be able to help the US establish a “better relationship with Russia.”
Later, PBS Newshour correspondent Lisa Desjardins took a picture of the two women and tweeted: “THIS. The Finnish journalists @RealDonaldTrump had trouble telling apart. They are def. 2 diff. people.”
She then shared a picture of CNN correspondent Jeff Zeleny and ABC’s Jonathan Karl and wrote: “TO BE CLEAR: @jeffzeleny and @jonkarl are two different people.”
During the press conference, Mr Trump declined to single out Russia as being a security threat, saying he would put “many countries” in that category instead.
A journalist asked about Mr Niinistö’s concerns over security in the Baltic region, where Russian planes fly without transponders so they can’t be tracked.
And Mr Trump responded: “We consider that a very, very important part of the world. And so I would consider many countries threats, but these are all threats that we’d be able to handle if we have to. Hopefully we won’t have to handle them, but if we do we will handle them.”
He noted that Finland is respected by Russia and said he hoped the United States someday would have good relations with Russia, too.
“Finland has been free of Russia, really – just about one of the few countries in the region that has been – for 100 years.
“And Russia has a lot of respect for Finland, so that’s always good. I hope that the United States will someday be able to have a very good relationship with Russia also.
“I think that’s very good for world peace and for other things.”
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