President Donald Trump is being mercilessly mocked after he appeared via a taped video message at Thursday’s White House press briefing.
The bizarre situation did not go unnoticed online, with many people likening Trump’s appearance to a movie villain. They also reimagined photos of the briefing in various amusing ways. Here’s a sampling of the humorous responses:
It felt like a message from a bond villain.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders just thanked a video recording of Trump as if he was actually there.
— Ian Walker (@iantothemax) January 4, 2018
The bizarre situation provided some comic relief, but prompted other folks to ask why Trump hadn’t wanted to deliver the briefing in person:
What just happened in the WH briefing is disturbing. A desperate, untreated sociopath is dictating to the press directly, but without appearing to take questions. Another piece of our democracy just disappeared and Americans are doing nothing about it. This is the sad truth. pic.twitter.com/49wLguYDNt
— Bandit Aléatoire (@BanditRandom) January 4, 2018
1/5 To the best of my recollection, @realDonaldTrump has held exactly ONE press conference in the last year that wasn’t with another head of state or a Cabinet head to share the brunt of questions. ONE. This is not normal and this is not acceptable.
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) January 4, 2018
It used to be that a President would go to the briefing room when he wanted to make a statement. How embarrassing for this WH that the President is too afraid to face questions.
— Ned Price (@nedprice) January 4, 2018
Donald Trump IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE, but just video conferenced into the White House press briefing because he was so afraid to face the press.
Never seen anything like it.
He’s literally 150 feet away from the room.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 4, 2018