President Donald Trump lives in nice, warm cocoon — blissfully unaware of how to do mundane, everyday tasks, like using a speaker phone for instance.
During a call that was broadcasted live, Trump decided to grace us with what would become a meme of a life time: him trying to figure out how a speaker phone works.
And the struggle was real.
Trump’s call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was supposed to be celebration of a new trade agreement between the two nations. However, Trump’s extraordinary performance, even before the call began, stole the show.
Trump just tried to use speakerphone on live TV.— jordan (@JordanUhl) August 27, 2018
It did not go well. pic.twitter.com/ZJRgxOxWUD
The, soon-to-be American classic, video began with Trump announcing Peña Nieto was on the line and it was all downhill from there.
When it became apparent to Trump the phone hadn’t really connected; he called out the Mexican president, “Enrique?”
There was no answer, followed by awkward silence.
“You can hook him up,” Trump asked someone off camera, yet he was determined to make it work himself.
“It’s a big thing, a lot of people waiting,” Trump said. Then pressed some more buttons, before calling out “hello?” a couple of times.
Followed by more awkward silence.
The POTUS, clearly unaware of how the phone worked, finally succumbed to asking for help.
“Be helpful,” he asked someone, who was able to make the call work by only a couple of clicks.
I’m dying laughing at this log of Trump trying to use the speaker phone with Nieto. Laughing so hard. pic.twitter.com/q2KDm1sXp4— Lauren Peikoff (@laurenpeikoff) August 27, 2018
As if the start of the call wasn’t enough, Trump even said “A hug from you would be very nice” to the Mexican president.
And Twitter, rightfully, imploded.
Today on "Veep": “A hug from you will be very nice,” the president said as he repeatedly tried to hang his own phone up.— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) August 27, 2018
Seeing Trump trying to navigate the complexities of a speaker phone was like watching a scene straight out of 'Dr. Strangelove.' pic.twitter.com/RgdiAr6OVM— Bloodaxe (@Norse_Berserker) August 28, 2018
Day 584 of Trump Presidency. I'm making a major trade announcement with Mexico. How does this speaker phone thingy work?— Barry Sullivan (@Jbarrys81) August 28, 2018
trump can't operate a speaker phone but he can craft trade deals.— A?anda (@GrnEyedMandy) August 27, 2018
Right. Sure. Uh huh. Okie dokie.
Omfgaaawd ?? @realDonaldTrump doesn't know how to use the speaker option on a phone, my 7 year old knows how to do this seamlessly ??— Steph (@SexayGreekGeek) August 28, 2018
Trump might not know how to navigate through a speaker phone but credit were due: he sure knows how to blow up Twitter.
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