President Trump gave his first speech since returning from an historic 12-day trip to Asia, touting the improved relations and better standing in the world that his administration has helped usher in.
He spoke of diplomatic accomplishments and reaffirming old alliances, of dealing with the North Korean threat, of battling the Islamic State, and negotiating trade based on ‘fairness and reciprocity.’
“America is back,” he proclaimed. “And the future has never looked brighter.”
Despite those important facets of the speech, the media found something entirely different to latch onto – the fact that President Trump became thirsty during his speech.
Trump was bummed that other news upstaged his Asia trip, and then allowed himself to be overshadowed by a bottle of Fiji water. https://t.co/4bfbQdU4JD
— Tim Rostan. (@mrtgr) November 15, 2017
It’s not as if there was a big water cover-up either. There is no Thristgate. The actual transcript from the White House website indicates that yes, the President of the United States did actually take a few sips of water. For shame!
Here is a portion of the transcript:
Oh, they don’t have water? That’s okay. What? That’s okay.
Somebody alert the press. No wait, they’re already on it. Even better, they tried to make a scandal out of it, feigning outrage that Trump would discuss trade deficits while drinking Fiji water.
Trump drinks FIJI Water while decrying trade deficits. pic.twitter.com/hjO34kKGmx
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) November 15, 2017
— Michael Abromowitz (@FootballExpert) November 15, 2017
The bottle of #water Trump drank at his [press] conference today appears to be Fiji Water, imported 7,800 miles from Fiji to DC. Because American water isn’t good enough, I guess. pic.twitter.com/Euah3uggO4
— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) November 15, 2017
Indeed, they’ll try to generate controversy out of anything.
Former Fox News host Eric Bolling chimed in and squashed the dreams of liberals who thought they made a point about the President’s hypocrisy. Bolling revealed the company that provides Fiji Water is headquartered in Los Angeles.
Before you go there…. Fiji Water is sourced in Fiji but the company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. They pay US taxes. And the imports are GOOD for our vast global trade imbalances.
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) November 15, 2017
Others pointed out that since the water comes from Fiji and is distributed in California, that Trump had made a brilliant point about trade.
So, in a mercantilist speech attacking the trade deficit, Trump #actually showed how imports are good & the trade deficit can be a good thing! Great job, Trump!
— Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) November 15, 2017
According to their company website, “FIJI Water is now the number one imported bottled water in the United States.”
It was a good try libs. Sorry to pour a nice bottle of cold Fiji Water on your outrage.
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