It didn’t go over very well.
The White House released a photograph that showed Trump sitting at an empty desk, holding the phone at an awkward angle. On Sunday, the image went viral in all the wrong ways:
STAFF: Mr. President, we need the optics of you working hard during the shutdown.— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) January 21, 2018
TRUMP: Fine, I’ll pose with the phone at my ear.
STAFF: Um, sir, maybe it would be better if it looked like you had been reading—
TRUMP: Just take the f**king picture in the next three seconds. https://t.co/Wp3rfOng5T
BIDEN: hello Mr. President— Bucky Isotope (@BuckyIsotope) January 21, 2018
TRUMP: who is this
BIDEN: it’s uh Prime Minister Updog of Bofa
TRUMP: oh of course. How are you? I love Bofa. Great people. Love me some Bofa
BIDEN: *covers phone* Barry I can’t it’s too easy
OBAMA: FINISH HIM pic.twitter.com/oZmxNWqNFO
Trump may LOOK like he isn't at all involved in the negotiations to end the #TrumpShutdown but his staff brought him his "President Phone" this morning and he's been making phone calls ALL DAY. Taking care of business as we careen into #shutdown day three. #ShutdownTrump pic.twitter.com/hSBNezuidH— Nick Walden Poublon (@NWPinPDX) January 22, 2018
This one has Forbes rolled up, ShutDown on his hat, Viagra on the table along with some cocaine lined out & straw in his hand, Trump on Banana phone, Russian desk flag, McD's,lots of KFC, 8 pack diet coke, golf clubs and Stormy under the desk.— 🦅🌎C. Peternell🌎🦅 (@CPeternell) January 21, 2018
So what's next? Lol. pic.twitter.com/XudxDl5h7A
So Trump shows the world he's "working" during the shutdown by sitting behind an empty desk and picking up a phone. He's like a little kid who thinks he's "driving" by sitting behind the steering wheel of a parked car and shouting "VROOM! VROOM!" https://t.co/UEeUbakte3— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) January 22, 2018