I'm not making fun of him here. I genuinely wonder if he's developed some health issues that he's trying to conceal from people (thus that weird, abrupt, unscheduled "physical, part one" some months back).
Trump Tries To Explain Awkward West Point Walk That Lit Up Twitter Critics
June 14, 2020, 1:14 AM EDT
President Donald Trump tried to explain away his awkward walk down a ramp Saturday after addressing West Point graduates by saying he was being extra careful to avoid a fall that the “Fake News” would “have fun with.”
“Trump is not well” began to trend on Twitter after video of the president’s tentative walk was posted on social media. Check it out above.
Trump said in a tweet that the ramp was long, steep and “very slippery.” He claimed he “ran” to level ground the “final ten feet” — which did not appear to be the case.
Donald J. Trump
The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery. The last thing I was going to do is “fall” for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!
10:57 PM - Jun 13, 2020
Earlier, during his address to cadets, Trump also awkwardly used his right hand to lift a glass of water for a drink. He then used his left hand to push the glass, still clutched in his right hand, all the way to his lips.
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Trump's bone spurs must've flared up when he said "Vietnam" here
Trump still hasn't totally figured out how to drink water
11:04 AM - Jun 13, 2020
Both incidents got Twitter critics going, with many raising questions about Trump’s health — and wondering again about his unannounced visit late last year to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The White House said it was for a routine exam.
West Point cadets were called back from their homes across the nation to prepare for the graduation ceremony after Trump informed surprised officials in late April that he would be giving the commencement speech. The Army hadn’t yet determined then whether or not to have cadets back for a graduation ceremony because of the risks of COVID-19. They had all been ordered to stay home after spring break and continued their studies online.
At least 15 of the 1,106 cadets who returned to the campus about an hour’s drive north of New York City tested positive for COVID-19 when they arrived weeks ago, and were placed in quarantine. None were symptomatic. The rest were allowed to stay in their dorms under what the Army called a “soft quarantine” before the commencement. All were tested.
Cadets were in chairs spaced six feet apart for the ceremony, and donned masks as they crossed the stage. Families had to watch remotely. Trump did not wear a mask.
The president promised in his speech that the cadets would not have to fight “endless wars” in “far-away lands.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
Re: the walk--that's exactly how I walk when the height/steepness of something makes me anxious, and I thought that before reading his explanation, so I can buy that, though definitely not the part about running down the last ten feet. (He does a little hop-skip with a couple of steps left to go, like I do when trying to get off an escalator.) As for why Trump has a fear of heights/steepness here...?
I could swear he'd climbed steps up to and down from planes without incident. The military guy with him doesn't seem to be experiencing the same issue, and appears to be moving more slowly than necessary to keep alongside Trump...to help him if he falls, maybe?
Re: the drinking...now that one is weird and worrisome. It looks like he has difficulty raising his right arm high enough for the glass to reach his mouth, so he needs to push it along with the left. In addition, somebody in the comments made this observation, though I don't know where footage would be:
When the cadets took their oath near the end, Trump couldn’t stand still like usual, but he also started acting like he wanted to put his right hand in his suit pocket, and then he began opening and closing his grip and stretching his fingers out and swirling his thumb around as if his hand was going numb. He did it very slightly with his left hand and kept doing it with his right hand. He also had some difficulty with words.
Carpal tunnel (from phone usage?), maybe...? Or something more troublesome...?
As well, I heard him say, "Ulysseus
S. Grant," not "Ulysses
S. Grant"...though that kind of thing is pretty normal for him.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure the public record of his physical is a bunch of hooey, though again, that's expected. For him to possibly be concealing a medical condition from everyone, though, is both concerning and rather hypocritical, given his and his followers' history of mocking Biden's supposedly "poor health." There are even people who are hesitant to vote for Biden for this reason...what if the health of the guy they do vote for is even worse, but there are no official records saying so?
I'm just hypothesizing based on a few seconds of video, but still, it's curious.