US President Donald Trump was very thirsty during an animated speech Wednesday on his Asian tour, so he abruptly stopped talking and started searching for a bottle of water.
"They don’t have water? That’s OK," Trump said.
When the president was told there was a bottle on a small table to his right, the president grabbed the bottle, took a sip and resumed his speech. He took another sip later in the speech.
The awkwardness of the moment is not only due to Trump’s drinking technique, but mostly to its similarity to another remarkable water bottle sip a few years ago by Sen. Marco Rubio.
In 2013, Rubio was responding to former President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and paused in the middle of his speech to take a swig of water.
"Next time Marco Rubio should drink his water from a glass as opposed to a bottle – would have much less negative impact," Trump said on Twitter in 2013.
Later, during the presidential campaign, he also made a series of bitter remarks about Rubio’s water-drinking technique.
Marco Rubio couldn't even respond properly to President Obama's State of the Union Speech without pouring sweat & chugging water. He choked!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 10 ноября 2015 г.
For Rubio, the awkward moment on Wednesday seemed to be a good opportunity to finally respond to Trump.
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) 15 ноября 2017 г.
Users on social media have provided more comments and remarks on the situation.
Trump made fun of Marco Rubio for needing water! BAHAHA pic.twitter.com/hkcNlC7tbT— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) 15 ноября 2017 г.
Donald Trump just went Lil Marco Rubio. pic.twitter.com/jzhQUofGTq— Patrick Bateman (@burninglipps) 15 ноября 2017 г.
The MSM gets outraged when @POTUS calls them “Fake News”, but this is what @NBCNews thinks is news.👇🏻— J.D. (@JDsMindcrime) 16 ноября 2017 г.
WATCH: President Trump paused to take a sip of water while recapping his Asia trip, which was oddly familiar to Marco Rubio's widely mocked water break.pic.twitter.com/vj5yal6Bfq