On Wednesday President Donald Trump managed to tick off reporters at his first press conference since returning from his 12-day trip in Asia. What he did that was so ‘excruciatingly’ bad, was the way the president asked for and drank water at the press briefing. Moreover, it seems this has become the focal point of discussion for everyone on the liberal side.
While we were all waiting to hear questions on the president’s ventures in Asia, the way he took two sips of water from a Fiji bottle was the main attention grabber.
“They don’t have water,” he said and began looking for a bottle. “That’s OK.” One of the people present at the news conference suggested there was water next to the President, which is when he reached down to grab it.
As you might notice, this sparked quite the controversy among social media users.
Trump needed 2 sips of water to get through this speech.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) November 15, 2017
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) November 15, 2017
The fact that he needs two hands to drink a bottle of water is what really does it for me. pic.twitter.com/uE8Gqodnje
— Cody Keenan (@codykeenan) November 15, 2017
Trump received intense backlash for the type of water he had sipped from, which was Fiji water that comes from the South Pacific.
I'm surprised I haven't seen anyone mention that Trump was drinking Fiji water, apparently American water isn't one of the things he's making great again.
— Matt Wetzel (@TheMattWetzel) 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
Newsflash: Trump drinks Fijian water, not American water.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 15, 2017
Former Fox News Eric Bolling managed to explain to the wider public that Fiji Water is actually an American company.
“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,” he tweeted.
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
Bolling received plenty of support on his Twitter statement.
— 🇺🇸☀️Karen ☀️🇺🇸 (@KarenMonsour12) November 15, 2017
MSM reporting is disgraceful. Instead of reporting on the trade benefits President Trump spoke of, they focus on Trump having to drink water from a bottle because no glass of water was available. Talking about FIJI water and Ted Cruz.
This is what MSM now considers NEWS!
— SL (@SLandinSoCal) November 15, 2017
I knew this would get scrutinized! When you fly for 20 hrs and cross the international dateline you can get a little dry mouth! Plus your sleep cycle is off for a few days! But you have to admit @POTUS has a lot of stamina! Love the man!
— @aslan29212 (@aslan29212) November 15, 2017
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio joked about the technique the POTUS used to drink water.
Similar,but needs work on his form.Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera. But not bad for his 1st time https://t.co/s49JtyRo3S
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 15, 2017
Just last year, Trump did a similar commentary segment where he teased Rubio for pausing during his GOP response to the 2013 State of the Union speech just so he can have a sip of water.
The Fiji brand became a topic of interest to many. Some even researched the company’s Wikipedia page, where it is clearly stated, “Fiji Water is the first official thirst quencher of Donald Trump.”
— Chris Ciaccia (@Chris_Ciaccia) November 15, 2017
As per the data provided by the website, Fiji Water was founded in 1996 and has since become “the number one imported bottled water in the United States.”