Video of the moment has been widely shared on social media, with critics of the president – including Republican agents working on the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump group whose ads angered the president – using the hashtag #TrumpIsNotWell in their tweets .
The chat seemed to catch the eye of Trump, who spends the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., at 10:57 p.m. Saturday, the president wrote on Twitter: “The ramp I went down after my speech at West Point Beginning was very long and steep, without a ramp and, above all, very slippery. The last thing I was going to do was “fall” for the Fake News to have fun. Final ten feet, I went down to ground level. Momentum! “
Elements of Trump’s explanation strained gullibility. Trump’s claim that the ramp was “very slippery” was inconsistent with the weather, which on Saturday in West Point, New York, was sunny and clear. The grassy plain on which the beginning took place was dry.
In addition, Trump wrote that he had “rolled” the last stretch of the ramp. The episode’s video footage shows the president slightly accelerating his pace for the final two stages, but that would hardly be considered running or jogging by any standard definition.
Once on level ground, Trump appeared to walk normally when inspecting the ground and mingling with officers while aboard Marine One, which was stationed approximately 100 yards from the platform.
The video ramp was not the only excerpt from Trump’s speech to garner considerable attention on social media. Another was when he briefly took a sip of water while standing behind the presidential desk. As Trump raised a small glass of water to his mouth with his right hand, he used his left hand to stabilize the bottom of the glass so that he could take a sip.
Trump is exceptionally attentive – some advisers say obsessed with – the image he presents to the public and strives to be seen as strong and vigorous.
Trump, who celebrates his 74th birthday on Sunday, has long sought to pretend to have supernatural endurance. It is a contrast he tried to make with his 2016 Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and again with his alleged 2020 Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump regularly makes fun of Biden as “Sleepy Joe” and has attempted to argue that Biden, 77, does not have the physical or mental capacity to be president. But Trump’s detractors grabbed the ramp on Saturday to turn the tide, recirculating video clips on Twitter of Biden jogging along a parade route and descending the White House Colonnade with the president. at the time, Barack Obama.