During US President Donald Trump’s first remarks following his trip across Asia, the US leader committed a grave sin: drinking out of a water bottle during a TV appearance.
“They don’t have water? That’s okay,” Trump said Wednesday after fumbling around to find something to rehydrate during a verbose speech. The president’s remarks largely served as another self-promotion segment about how respected America is in the eyes of the rest of the world, how unemployment is at a 17-year-low and how the US stock market has added trillions of dollars in value, all because of Trump.
Then Trump reached down below the lectern again and found a bottle of Fiji water, and a new meme was born.
Drinking bottled water during a TV appearance is a big deal in Trump’s eyes. Following Senator Marco Rubio’s very awkward response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in 2013, during which he took a break in the middle of his segment to chug some H2O, Trump quipped, “next time Marco Rubio should drink his water from a glass as opposed to a bottle — would have much less negative impact.”
Trump took another swipe at Little Marco on the campaign trail for the same incident.
Marco Rubio couldn’t even respond properly to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech without pouring sweat & chugging water. He choked!
”When they put Marco on to refute President Obama’s speech — do you remember that catastrophe? And he’s like this. Huh. Huh. I need water. Help me, I need water. Help. And this is live television,” Trump said in February 2016, before calling the Florida senator is a “total choke artist.”
It seems the shoe is now on the other foot.
And Trump didn’t just sip — he stopped later to really guzzle from the pricey Fiji bottle.
Of course, Trump has been traveling quite a bit, and plane cabin air has very low humidity, which can lead to dehydration. Experts say climate-controlled environments on airplanes can feature relative humidity of just 10 to 15 percent, or roughly three times drier than the Sahara desert.