WASHINGTON – In a bizarre move, U.S. President Donald Trump interrupted a phone call to newly elected prime minister of Ireland just to praise the smile of a female journalist at his Oval Office.

The moment, which was captured on a video and widely shared on social media also earned criticism from the media.

While talking to Irish PM Leo Varadkar, Trump said: “Well, we have a lot of your Irish press watching us”.

Then, he interrupted his conversation with Varadkar and singled out a female reported named Caitriona Perry calling her to come to him.

Trump asked her, “And where are you from?” adding, “Go ahead. Come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press.”

The reported introduced herself as Caitriona Perry, an Irish journalist. Later, Trump told the prime minister:  “She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well.”

Perry who drew the attention of the U.S president later posted a tweet with a video of the incident and termed it a “bizarre moment”.