World|politics|November 16, 2017 / 10:46 AM
Trump has awkward water bottle moment on TV

AKIPRESS.COM - President Donald Trump had his own water bottle moment, having mocked his former Republican rival Marco Rubio for his need to take a drink during speeches, The Independent reported.

Mr Trump, fresh from his marathon trip to Asia, paused during his address to the nation to take a swig of water — twice.

Offering a blow-by-blow account of his five-nation tour, the president took a brief break to reach for a bottle of water as he recounted Japanese companies' billion-dollar investments and jobs in the U.S.

At first, he couldn't find any in his presidential lectern. “They don't have water? That's OK,” he said. When he was informed it was sitting on a small table to his right, the president unscrewed the cap, took a drink and then resumed his speech. He took another swig later in the speech. 

Mr Trump's water break drew instant comparisons to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's 2013 speech after then-President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Giving the Republican response, Rubio lunged for a drink of bottled water during the televised address — all while keeping his gaze on the camera — and later laughed it off as a case of dry mouth.

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