WASHINGTON — President Trump interrupted a statement on Wednesday afternoon to take an awkward sip from a water bottle. It was a move he once mocked Marco Rubio for, and the Florida senator wasted little time in teasing Trump on Twitter.
Trump took his drink in the midst of a statement in which he recounted the 12-day Asia trip that ended on Tuesday evening. He suddenly stopped speaking and bent down behind the microphone.
“They don’t have water?” Trump asked as he came up empty handed. “That’s OK.”
After speaking with someone off camera, Trump found a bottle of Fiji water at the other side of the podium, leaned over to pick it up, unscrewed the cap, and took a long drink. He smacked his lips in satisfaction and returned to his prepared remarks.
The presidential sip recalled the now infamous 2013 moment when Rubio slugged from a water bottle while delivering the GOP rebuttal to former President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
The president made fun of Rubio for the first water bottle moment — which became a viral sensation— during their bitter 2016 Republican presidential primary clash, when Trump nicknamed the Florida senator “Little Marco.” In a February 2016 speech, Trump dramatically drank from a water bottle before throwing it away.
“It’s Rubio!” Trump declared as he held the bottle in the air.
After Trump’s similar sip on Wednesday, Rubio shared a clip of the moment on Twitter and reviewed the president’s technique.
“Similar, but needs work on his form. Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera. But not bad for his 1st time,” Rubio wrote.
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