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Slovakia’s Zuzana Caputova side-steps journalist’s ‘sexist’ outfit question

Bratislava, Slovakia – After visiting the Czech Republic for her first foreign trip, Slovak President Zuzana Caputova chose Brussels for her second visit abroad. caputova sexist

In the Belgian capital, she met with several EU and NATO leaders, including NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Belgium’s King Philippe I.

“Our prosperity and security are firmly bound to EU and NATO”, Caputova declared ahead of her Brussels trip which occurred, almost, without any incident.

During a press conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Slovakia’s first female president was asked by a journalist whether she was “nervous or stressed” because this is “the third dress you’re wearing” today.

“This is only the second dress that I’m wearing today”, Zuzana Caputova clarified before side-stepping the question, quickly slammed as “sexist” by commentators.

“So how do I feel? “, she continued in Slovak, “well honestly my teeth ache and I’m hot. I’ve had a very interesting day, a very intense day. I’ve had interesting meetings with different leaders of European institutions I hadn’t met before. I feel very happy and very lucky”.

As the press conference was drawing to a close, Juncker kicked in with his own little pun. “Just for the record, this is the third shirt I’m wearing today”, the EU Commission chief joked, drawing laughter from the audience.

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