Susan Walsh/AP White House attributes Trump’s slurred speech to dry out throat
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefly extended Thursday’s briefing to answer what she named “ridiculous questions” about President Donald Trump’s well being in a recently available address.
Trump delivered a assertion from the White House on Wednesday, announcing that the U.S. will recognize the Jerusalem just as the administrative centre of Israel and relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv. But the president notably slurred his speech toward the end of his remarks.
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There was speculation that Trump wears dentures and was having difficulty with them mid-speech.
“I’ll break the guidelines and I’ll keep coming back,” Sanders told reporters just as she returned to the lectern to respond to a shouted question about the president’s Jerusalem speech. “I know that there had been a lot of problems on that. Frankly, really ridiculous questions.”
“The president’s throat was dry out,” she continued, parroting a youthful statement from White House spokesman Raj Shah. “Nothing more than that.”
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Sanders added, however, that Trump will undergo a physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in “the first portion of next year.”
“And the ones records will become released by the physician following that taking place,” she said.
After repeatedly mocking Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s mid-speech water intake in his response to President Barack Obama’s Condition of the Union address in 2013, Trump last month paused a live address at the Light House to awkwardly sip Fiji drinking water.
For his portion, Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted that Trump “needs work on his form.” “Needs to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the video camera,” he said. “But not harmful to his 1st time.”