President Donald Trump gave his speech to graduates at West Point on Saturday. Still, many were transfixed on his behavior throughout, mainly when he went for a drink of water. As shown in a tweet from Vox reporter Aaron Rupar, the president holds the glass in his right hand and doesn't seem to be able to make it to his lips.
He then raises his left hand to help guide the glass of water to his lips and tilt it into his mouth. It's not the first time that Trump's drinking strategy has become the focus of people in the media. In 2017, the president awkwardly drank from a bottle of water during a presser on Asia.
Trump still hasn't totally figured out how to drink water pic.twitter.com/IO8CDXmD9i— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 13, 2020
For some, the incident represents another opportunity to ridicule the president. As the New York Daily News reports, many used the moment to share images of Barack Obama smiling and holding a coconut with one hand. They also compared Trump to former Congressional rival and president candidate Marco Rubio.
Others decided to take the water moment from West Point and the president's navigation of stairs from the stage as an example of Trump's health. According to the Daily News, the drinking issue could be a sign of a more significant medical problem.
"This is a persistent neurological sign that, combined with others, would be concerning enough to require a brain scan," psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee from Yale wrote on social media.
Despite these claims, no medical issues have been reported or released by The White House. Trump also says his health is "perfect," and his annual physical shows him in good shape. The appearance also comes one day before the president's 74th birthday. Scroll down to see some of the reactions to the moment and Trump's speech.
When Trump and Biden debate I want it to open with mandatory side-by-side drinking water from a cup.— 𝓝𝓸𝓶 𝓭𝓮 𝓟𝓵𝓾𝓶𝓮 (@_pseudo_nom) June 13, 2020
Trump at West Point. Still unable to drink a glass of water with one hand. Someone get him a sippy cup.pic.twitter.com/0V3yxt2KUl— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) June 13, 2020
During his West Point speach, Trump tried to drink a glass of water and couldn’t do it without using both hands. What is going on with him?— Christine (@guelphgirlchris) June 13, 2020
Doesn’t everyone hold a glass, look at it, try to put it to your mouth, fail, then use your other hand to assist in drinking water like Trump does?— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) June 13, 2020
Trump at West Point, sounding like he swallowed a handful of Valium, unable to lift his left arm for a sip of water, ends his “speech” and only a handful of graduates clap for him.pic.twitter.com/K8TE0TZ6DI— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) June 13, 2020
Something appears to have been at issue today for Trump. Between this & the water drinking, but we'll let the WH physician assert how healthy & perfect he is. https://t.co/BTfiX60MV4— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) June 13, 2020