"They don't have water? That's okay," Trump said Wednesday after fumbling around to find something to rehydrate during a verbose speech. The president's remarks largely served as another self-promotion segment about how respected America is in the eyes of the rest of the world, how unemployment is at a 17-year-low and how the US stock market has added trillions of dollars in value, all because of Trump.
Then Trump reached down below the lectern again and found a bottle of Fiji water, and a new meme was born.
President Trump takes a break during his remarks: "They don't have water. That's ok." pic.twitter.com/tq1TpJyifx— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 15, 2017
Drinking bottled water during a TV appearance is a big deal in Trump's eyes. Following Senator Marco Rubio's very awkward response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in 2013, during which he took a break in the middle of his segment to chug some H2O, Trump quipped, "next time Marco Rubio should drink his water from a glass as opposed to a bottle — would have much less negative impact."
Next time Marco Rubio should drink his water from a glass as opposed to a bottle—would have much less negative impact.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2013
Trump took another swipe at Little Marco on the campaign trail for the same incident.
Trump imitating Rubio just now at campaign event with a water bottle. pic.twitter.com/tzHGzFe6A4— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 26, 2016
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) November 10, 2015
"When they put Marco on to refute President Obama's speech — do you remember that catastrophe? And he's like this. Huh. Huh. I need water. Help me, I need water. Help. And this is live television," Trump said in February 2016, before calling the Florida senator is a "total choke artist."
It seems the shoe is now on the other foot.
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
And Trump didn't just sip — he stopped later to really guzzle from the pricey Fiji bottle.
Of course, Trump has been traveling quite a bit, and plane cabin air has very low humidity, which can lead to dehydration. Experts say climate-controlled environments on airplanes can feature relative humidity of just 10 to 15 percent, or roughly three times drier than the Sahara desert.