It seems talking about Asia is thirsty business.
President Donald Trump gave a summary of what transpired during his 12-day trip to Asian countries at the White House — or at least tried to.
While he was boasting about the (perceived) stellar performance of the United States since he took office on Jan. 20, the president suddenly fell silent. What followed is nothing short of cringeworthy.
In a mystifying move, Trump abruptly ducked his head beneath the lectern. The reason, fortunately, became clear soon after he got up mumbling, “They don’t have water. That’s OK.” The president then stood silent for a couple of seconds, then raised his hand in a gesture that looked distinctly like a cobra rearing up to spit poison. He then suddenly froze again for a moment and then said, “What?”
Someone, probably a reporter, took pity on him then and told him the water was to his right. Once again, Trump disappeared entirely behind the lectern in his quest to find the elusive bottle of H2O.
Triumphant this time, Trump got up and with a moue of disapproval at the world, twisted the cap of the bottle for a full six seconds. When he finally managed to open the bottle — a Fiji — he showed his appreciation by grabbing it in both hands — very much like how a baby grabs his milk bottle — and taking a quick gulp from it. His thirst happily quenched, the president once again took up the thread of the conversation — only to stop a few minutes later to drink from the life-giving bottle once again.
Trump interrupting a speech to look for water echoes the actions of his former presidential opponent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who took a swig of water during his 2013 response to Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
At that time, Trump mercilessly mocked the senator, tweeting, “Next time Marco Rubio should drink his water from a glass as opposed to a bottle—would have much less negative impact.”
Next time Marco Rubio should drink his water from a glass as opposed to a bottle—would have much less negative impact.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2013
He later used the moment to make fun of Rubio during the 2016 election campaign trail.
Turnabout is fair play, so this time it was Rubio’s turn to mock the president.
Similar,but needs work on his form.Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera. But not bad for his 1st time https://t.co/s49JtyRo3S— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 15, 2017
Other Twitter users also pounced on the video claiming Trump’s brand of water, Fiji — which is bottled in Viti Levu, the largest island in the Republic of Fiji — clashes with his “America First” message.
Trump drinks FIJI Water while decrying trade deficits. pic.twitter.com/hjO34kKGmx— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) November 15, 2017
America First...but first, Fiji.— Arden Farhi (@ArdenFarhi) November 15, 2017
You know who drinks lots and lots of water? Costly Russian prostitutes. https://t.co/64g7mBcMAc— Jeffrey Young (@JeffYoung) November 15, 2017
I was trying to recall what Trump's weird bottle-holding technique reminded me of ...— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) November 15, 2017
... and then I remembered: pic.twitter.com/1qM8INUnZa
Who did it better? pic.twitter.com/bQwfRMqSJL— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) November 15, 2017
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