Donald Trump was photographed at Walter Reed Medical Center signing a blank sheet of paper with a marker to show that he was still working in the fight against the coronavirus. This prompted "#Staged" to set trends on Twitter.
The White House released the controversial pictures of Trump apparently working hard while receiving hospital treatment on Saturday. He stayed there a second night after he and First Lady Melania tested positive for coronavirus.
Trump's daughter Ivanka shared one of the pictures on her own Twitter page and wrote, “Nothing can stop him from working for the American people. RELIABLE! & # 39;
However, the president's attempts not to be deterred by the virus were quickly dismantled by avid online viewers, who on social media accused Trump of staging the images and blowing up his "reality TV presidency".
The White House released the controversial pictures of Trump apparently working hard while receiving hospital treatment on Saturday
However, the president's attempts not to be deterred by the virus were quickly dismantled by avid online viewers, who on social media accused Trump of staging the pictures and blowing up his "reality TV presidency".
One of the photos showed the President sitting at the end of a long walnut-background conference table, dressed in an open-necked white shirt, looking through some files and picking up a pen.
The second picture showed Trump sitting at a round table with a white background, wearing a suit jacket and appearing to be writing on a piece of paper in front of him.
Although the content of the images seems to be trying to show a passage of time, The Air Current Editor-in-Chief Jon Ostrower took a closer look at the data embedded in the photos and found that they were only 10 minutes apart. although Trump works in two different places.
& # 39; The photos released by the WH tonight of the President who works at Walter Reed were taken 10 minutes apart at 5:25:39 p.m. and 5:35:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, according to the EXIF Data contained in both AP wire posts shared by the White House Tonight, ”he tweeted.
White House reporter Andrew Feinberg took a closer look at the photos and found, upon enlarging one of the photos, that Trump "appears to be writing his name on a blank piece of paper."
Mocked responses soon came in, and the words "staged" trended all Sunday morning.
“He was a reality TV star. For him, he just had to do a couple of promos for the "Look Presidential" bit he played, "wrote a tweeter.
One person said he allegedly signed a blank sheet of paper: "It's the only kind of" work "he knows how to do. And in his mind, it's as good, if not better, than doing something while he is makes it look like he's working and his base believes it. "
White House reporter Andrew Feinberg examined the photos closely and found, upon enlarging one of the photos, that Trump "appears to be writing his name on a blank piece of paper."
The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower took a closer look at the data embedded in the photos and found that they were only 10 minutes apart – despite Trump working in two different locations.
Other viewers of the images expressed concern that despite the current fight against COVID-19, Trump was not wearing a face mask or other personal protective equipment while he was photographed in various locations in the hospital.
"Not a big surprise these photos are staged – and I'm amused by those who point out that he is just signing a blank sheet of paper when enlarged – but it is really appalling that he still doesn't wear a mask," historian Alex von Tunzelmann tweeted. "I hope his vanity didn't infect the photographer."
Others criticized Ivanka for her father's “relentless” work ethic amid their celebrations.
& # 39; Oh honey. Anyone can say that this is a very sick man who sits in a chair to stage the White House propaganda. Hug your kids and leave Twitter, ”replied writer Lynn Comella.
"You really want your sick father to put on and take off coats for staged photo ops in different rooms when maybe he should rest?" Added Randi Meyem Singer. "A daughter that you are."
In a statement, a White House official told Newsweek that Trump signed about 10 documents yesterday. We published two proclamations last night. "
The official reportedly failed to elaborate on whether the papers Trump posed with were blank or commented on the timing of the photos.
The fallout came amid a spate of questions raised about the authenticity of a video that Trump posted on Twitter on Saturday night from the hospital trying to reassure Americans that he would be "back soon."
Several film editors have highlighted a flaw in the footage where the president appears to be having hiccups, but say the jump may actually have been a clip in the footage to clear a cough.
Conflicting messages about Trump's health and condition were also sent out throughout the weekend, raising concerns about the reliability of the information exchanged by the White House.
During a televised address on Saturday, Trump's doctors gave a brilliant assessment of his condition, saying he was "very good" and in "exceptionally good spirits".
Within hours, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows painted a grim picture, warning that the next two days will be "critical".
"The President's vital signs for the past 24 hours have been very worrying and the next 48 hours will be critical to his maintenance," Meadows told reporters. "We are still not on a clear path to full recovery."
Meadows later tried to withdraw his comments, telling Reuters, “The president is very well. He's up asking for documents to be checked. "
The president's doctors said on Sunday that he could be released from Walter Reed as early as Monday, as Trump's top doctor explained at length that he was given a steroid and given oxygen for treatment.
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The president's top doctor also stated during his briefing on Sunday afternoon that there was some confusion over Trump's condition because of misrepresentation of comments made by Chief of Staff Mark Meadow.
"The chief and I work side by side," Conley said over Meadows. "And I think his statement was misinterpreted."
“What he meant was that 24 hours ago when he and I checked the President, there was this momentary episode of high fever. And this temporary drop in saturation that caused us to act expediently to get him here, ”he said of the President's swift move from the White House to Walter Reed on Friday.
"Fortunately, this was a very temporary, limited episode," he continued in a briefing with a press outside the hospital center. & # 39; A few hours later he was up again, mild again. I'm not going to speculate on what this limited episode was all about so early in the course. But he's fine.
Conley, a Navy commander and doctor to the president, announced during the briefing that Trump was being treated with the steroid dexamethasone after a drop in oxygen levels on Saturday.
& # 39; In the course of his illness, the President has seen two episodes of temporary drops in his oxygen saturation. We discussed the reasons for this and whether we would intervene at all. As a team's statement, based primarily on the diagnosis schedule, that we are initiating dexamethasone, ”Conley said.