WATCH: Trump Uses Two Hands to Drink Water During West Point Speech

Getty President Donald Trump speaks to West Point graduating cadets.

President Donald Trump gave the commencement speech for the West Point graduation on Saturday, June 13, and a video quickly went viral showing him using two hands to drink a glass of water at the podium.

In the video, Trump raises the glass in his right hand and then uses his left hand to help guide the glass to his lips. It was one of two videos from the event that went viral on social media; the other showed him walking down a ramp slowly after his speech. Trump addressed the ramp video in a tweet but did not mention the water video.

Trump addressed the drinking water moment during his Tulsa rally on June 20. Although he spent most of his time talking about the video of his walking down a ramp, he also addressed the drinking water video. He said he had saluted 600 people that day and that First Lady Melania Trump said he was trying not to spill water on his tie.

Here’s what you need to know:


Trump Used 2 Hands to Raise a Water Glass

During his West Point speech, Trump picked up a glass of water with his left hand. The video shows that he appeared to stop just short of his mouth and then used his right hand to push the bottom of the glass the rest of the way to his lips.

Now the video and screenshots have gone viral, as people wonder what happened.

Here’s a screenshot of that moment.

CSPAN Screengrab

You can watch the full video of Trump’s speech from C-SPAN here.

The White House has a video of that moment here around 5 minutes in, but the camera isn’t showing Trump when he takes the drink.

President Trump Delivers Remarks at the 2020 United States Military Academy at West Point GraduationPresident Trump Delivers Remarks at the 2020 United States Military Academy at West Point Graduation Ceremony West Point, NY2020-06-13T18:57:21Z

Trump discussed the drinking water moment during his rally on June 20.


A Second Video Showed Trump Slowly Walking Down a Ramp After the Speech

Shortly after the drinking water incident, Trump walked down a ramp from the stage with what some thought was an awkward gait.

Trump later addressed his walk down the ramp in a tweet.

He wrote:

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!

Trump talked about the ramp and water drinking moments during his rally on June 20.


Trump Has Been Called Out for Drinking Water With 2 Hands Before

Some have pointed out that this isn’t the first time Trump has used more than one hand to hold a glass or a bottle while drinking.

In this video from 2017, he uses two hands to hold a bottle of water:

Drinking problem: Trump has awkward water momentOn the 2016 presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump often made fun of Senator Marco Rubio's water breaks. But on Wednesday the president had an awkward water bottle moment of his own while talking about his recent trip to Asia Subscribe to Guardian News on YouTube ► http://bit.ly/guardianwiressub Support the Guardian ► https://support.theguardian.com/contribute Today in Focus podcast ► https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/todayinfocus The Guardian YouTube network: The Guardian ► http://www.youtube.com/theguardian Owen Jones talks ► http://bit.ly/subsowenjones Guardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootball Guardian Sport ► http://bit.ly/GDNsport Guardian Culture ► http://is.gd/guardianculture2017-11-16T08:56:17Z

He actually drank water twice during the same speech, but the second time he didn’t hold the bottle with both hands the whole time.

Trump interrupts announcement twice to drink waterPresident Trump on Nov. 15 interrupted himself twice during a speech he was delivering at the White House to drink from a water bottle. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2qiJ4dy Follow us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/washingtonpost Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/washingtonpost/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpost/2017-11-16T14:10:45Z

During a national security speech, he also held a glass with two hands while drinking.

Trump drinks water with two hands like a child during big speech on national securityPresident Donald Trump's big speech on national security drew lot of attention on Monday (18 December), just as much for the way he drank water, besides what he said. It is the second time in two months Trump demonstrated a strange strategy for drinking water – with two hands like a child.2017-12-19T06:19:28Z

CNN reported in 2018 about how Trump had his water covered during an interview:

Trump's sealed water glass floats theoriesA seal over President Donald Trump's water glass present during an interview with British broadcast ITV floats theories. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the tale of the glass with a lid.2018-01-31T01:25:28Z

One reason Trump’s moments with drinking water have gotten so much attention is that in 2016, he made fun of Marco Rubio for how he drank water. Ever since, the media and others have focused relentlessly on his water habits, too.

Newsweek even did a minute-long montage of Trump drinking water in 2017:

Why Does Trump Drink Water Like A Child?People are obsessed with President Donald Trump’s strange method of drinking water. Some have compared Trump’s two-handed drinking technique to that of a small child.2017-12-19T14:51:53Z

Here’s the speech in which Trump made fun of Rubio for how he drank water. This was while Trump was on the campaign trail in February 2016:

Donald Trump mocks Marco Rubio's 2013 water bottle gaffeDuring a rally in Texas, Donald Trump mocks Marco Rubio's water bottle gaffe in 2013 when he delivered the rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union. CBSN's Contessa Brewer shows us the video.2016-02-26T21:22:26Z

He was referring to how many times Rubio paused to drink water during his official response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union in 2013. Here’s the clip of Rubio:

Marco Rubio Pauses Speech for Water BreakSen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., takes a sip in the middle of his GOP response to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address.2013-02-13T05:15:52Z

Everyone was making fun of Rubio back then, and Rubio even made fun of himself later.

Marco Rubio Water Bottle Moment at State of the Union Resurfaces in 'GMA' InterviewFlorida senator takes a break from George Stephanopoulos' question regarding now-famous moment. For more on this story, click here: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/02/rubio-god-has-a-funny-way-of-reminding-us-were-human/2013-02-13T15:45:23Z

NBC News even did a video montage comparing Trump and Rubio in 2017:

President Donald Trump Vs. Marco Rubio: Awkward Water Bottle Moments | NBC NewsWhile recapping his Asia trip before the media, President Trump paused to take a sip of water which was oddly familiar to Marco Rubio's widely mocked water break while he gave the GOP response to then-President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC News is a leading source of global news and information. Here you will find clips from NBC Nightly News, Meet The Press, and original digital videos. Subscribe to our channel for news stories, technology, politics, health, entertainment, science, business, and exclusive NBC investigations. Connect with NBC News Online! Visit NBCNews.Com: http://nbcnews.to/ReadNBC Find NBC News on Facebook: http://nbcnews.to/LikeNBC Follow NBC News on Twitter: http://nbcnews.to/FollowNBC Follow NBC News on Google+: http://nbcnews.to/PlusNBC Follow NBC News on Instagram: http://nbcnews.to/InstaNBC Follow NBC News on Pinterest: http://nbcnews.to/PinNBC President Donald Trump Vs. Marco Rubio: Awkward Water Bottle Moments | NBC News2017-11-16T13:32:21Z

Some people have also expressed concern about this latest moment, wondering why it appeared that Trump needed to use his left hand to help guide his right hand.

In November 2019, Trump had an exam and laboratory tests at Walter Reed Medical Center, BBC reported. This was 10 months after a previous annual exam had revealed he was “in very good health,” according to the White House. The Walter Reed visit wasn’t part of his schedule. Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said he had the test because he had a “free weekend.” In a tweet she said: “Further speculation beyond the extensive and honest info I put out is wholly irresponsible and dangerous for the country.”

Earlier this month, on June 3, the White House released Trump’s annual physical results, CNN reported. The physical said he gained a pound, weighing 244 pounds with a BMI of 30.5. His cholesterol dropped to 167 from 196 in 2019. White House physician Sean Conley wrote: “There were no findings of significance or changes to report.”

Trump had also recently taken a two-week course of hydroxychloroquine, along with zinc and vitamin D, USA Today reported. Trump’s electrocardiogram results were monitored while he was on the drug. Trump also takes a statin to lower his cholesterol. His blood pressure was 121/79 according to his latest annual exam.

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