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Trump Mocked After Taking Credit For Trying To End Government Shutdown

President Trump faced considerable ridicule on social media for claiming that he was working hard during the weekend to end the government shutdown.

Many people did not believe him, according to The Huffington Post. The news site noted that in a photo the White House released, Trump was “sitting at an empty desk, holding the phone at an awkward angle.” It did not take long for the president’s critics to respond.

One person asked on Twitter: “Hey, all you people who know desks, does this look like the desk of somebody who works?”

Another post mockingly stated: “Hello, yes this is the president. I am presidenting very much at the best amount. Maga very much to you too.”

Bozwonk, suggesting that Trump was on the phone with the first lady, wrote: “Hi Melania, do you know where my hat is?” Roy Wood Jr. joked that “this the photo you’d take if you’re visiting the WH and they let you sit at the desk.”

Daniel W. Drezner imagined the following discussion involving Trump and his aides. “STAFF: Mr. President, we need the optics of you working hard during the shutdown. TRUMP: Fine, I’ll pose with the phone at my ear. STAFF: Um, sir, maybe it would be better if it looked like you had been reading. TRUMP: Just take the f**king picture in the next three seconds.”

Mike Royce wrote: “Honestly this looks like someone’s first time using a phone and a chair.” Bucky Isotope thought the president might be having a conversation with the vice president.

“BIDEN: Hello Mr. President. TRUMP: Who is this? BIDEN: It’s, uh, Prime Minister Updog of Bofa. TRUMP: Oh, of course. How are you? I love Bofa. Great people. Love me some Bofa. BIDEN (covering the phone and speaking to former President Obama): Barry, I can’t, it’s too easy. OBAMA: FINISH HIM.”

That was not all. Nick Walden Poublon wrote: “Trump may LOOK like he isn’t at all involved in the negotiations to end the #TrumpShutdown, but his staff brought him his ‘President Phone’ this morning and he’s been making phone calls ALL DAY. Taking care of business as we careen into #shutdown day three.”

C. Peternell tweeted: “This one has Forbes rolled up, ShutDown on his hat, Viagra on the table along with some cocaine lined out & straw in his hand, Trump on Banana phone, Russian desk flag, McD’s,lots of KFC, 8 pack diet coke, golf clubs and Stormy under the desk. So what’s next? Lol.”

Matt Fuller cited “an emerging trend that Trump and his staff have no idea how to stage photos to make it seem like he’s actually working.”

“So, Trump shows the world he’s ‘working’ during the shutdown by sitting behind an empty desk and picking up a phone,” Victor Laszlo tweeted. “He’s like a little kid who thinks he’s ‘driving’ by sitting behind the steering wheel of a parked car and shouting ‘VROOM! VROOM!’”

Jonny Geller wrote: “Einstein’s desk. Trump’s desk. You decide.”

NBC News reported Monday morning that the government shutdown, which began at midnight Saturday after lawmakers failed to reach a budget compromise, was “on the verge of ending.” A sufficient number of Democrats and Republicans had agreed to approve a three-week extension of funding to keep government agencies operating.
Source: Huffington Post
Photo: Huffington Post

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