President Trump Has A Red Button On His Desk. Here’s What It Does

As it turns out, the mysterious red button on President Donald Trump’s Oval Office desk serves a very peculiar purpose.

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President Donald Trump recently sat down with Associated Press White House Correspondent Julie Pace to discuss his largely unimpressive 100 days in office, which is an important milestone for any administration. However, instead of being reassuring or politically resounding, the interview, much like all of his other interviews, was a hodgepodge of incoherent statements, baffling claims and unintelligible mumbles.

For instance, when asked about the funding for his infamous border wall, the commander-in-chief delved into an unnecessary (and very meaningless) rant about his base “which is a big base,” how Democrats had a “big, big, big advantage” in the Electoral College and how he has always said “the popular vote would be a lot easier than the Electoral College.”

The entire discussion was so confusing and garbled that the most (read: only) fascinating part of the story went mostly unnoticed until The New York Times national security editor, Amy Fiscus, pointed it out on Twitter.


The president of the United States has a red button affixed to the Resolute Desk, a piece of furniture used by several incumbent presidents in history, which serves the sole purpose of summoning a butler holding a glass of Coke.

The setup, which is arguably better than Trump having a nuclear launch button on his desk, is apparently an upgrade for the business mogul who used to “bellow toward his open office door,” for someone to “bring a Coke and water, please!”

Trump, an avid Coke drinker, is an unprecedented president in many more ways than one would have imagined.

Twitter users had a lot to say about the information:

Trump’s penchant for overcooked steak with ketchup and a glass of Coke might not sound healthy, particularly when compared to his predecessor Barack Obama, but there is no need to worry — after all, according to his physician for 25 years, Dr. Harold Bornstein, POTUS is “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

His meal choices definitely back up the assessment.

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