Donald Trump :
Trump, who enjoys the presidential honorific, “was, quote, ‘pissed off,’ according to someone who spoke to him,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins said after the former commander-in-chief pleaded not guilty to a four-count indictment Thursday.
A seemingly casual greeting to the former president of the United States set social media abuzz Thursday when a judge presiding over the arraignment for former President Trump referred to him as “Mr. Trump.”
Trump pleaded not guilty :
Trump pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., to all four federal charges stemming from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into 2020 election interference and the Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021.
The greeting sparked speculation whether Trump would be stung by the lack of presidential reference.
Donald Trump has also been charged of falsifying business records related to three pre-election hush-money cases, prosecutors said.
“If there is one thing I know Trump loves that he’s called Mr. President now,” ABC Executive Editorial Producer John Santucci tweeted.
“No mention of Donald Trump being former president. No special treatment. Treating him as just another man in a Courtroom. This is the rule of law at its best,” Democratic commentator Victor Shi said.
Judge Tanya Chutkan will preside over the trial. Upadhaya said Judge Chutkan intends to set a trial date of Aug. 28.
In the courtroom, the judge laid out how the proceeding would go and asked that Trump be seated closer to a microphone so that he could answer her questions. She first asked his name and age.