The current government shutdown may be bad for millions of Americans, but it gives Donald Trump a new opportunity to do one of his favorite things: act like he knows what he’s doing. In a series of a photos released by the White House, Trump is posed to show everyone he is “working” hard during the “Democrat shutdown.”
Moments ago, the @WhiteHouse released photos of President @realDonaldTrump working with his staff during what they're calling the "Democrat shutdown." https://t.co/Gl9Xn7xulJ pic.twitter.com/WjMBc1E5Xr— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 20, 2018
Of course, the internet is suspicious about how much “work” is really going on. In the photos, Trump is seen sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat, but as Slate points out, in none of them is he actually talking to legislators. Instead, Trump is seen roaming around the White House, making pretend phone calls, and talking to an overly smiley staff. So Twitter did what it does best and tore the photos to shreds, and it is—chef's kiss—hilarious. “I too conduct most of my most important work with a phone in my hand and nothing on my desk, while staring vacantly off into space,” Daily Beast writer Erin Gloria Ryan tweeted.
I too conduct most of my most important work with a phone in my hand and nothing on my desk, while staring vacantly off into space https://t.co/XrYVv3YEae— janu-erin (@morninggloria) January 20, 2018
An emerging trend is that Trump and his staff have no idea how to stage photos to make it seem like he’s actually working. pic.twitter.com/kFHKvWdKLf— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 21, 2018
BREAKING: White House releases more pictures of President Trump working to end the shutdown. pic.twitter.com/ECIZoi5ZS6— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) January 21, 2018
White House emails: “Photos of President Donald J. Trump working in the White House during the shutdown he is responsible for” pic.twitter.com/TcmJrSuvDc— Antonio Bonanza: more myth than man (@AntonioBonanza) January 21, 2018
Hopefully someone else is going to figure out how to end this Senate stalemate, because it's clear that the Donald-in-Chief is only interested in showboating.