Late-Night Hosts Mock Trump’s Mid-Press Conference Water Break
Stephen Colbert felt compelled to take his own swig of water, while Trevor Noah and James Corden commented on the president's form, with Noah questioning whether he is an “alien.”
On Wednesday's late-night shows, the hosts got in on the jokes about Trump's awkward water break during his press conference.
During an address to the nation Wednesday about his account of his five-nation trip to Asia, the president took a moment to pause and reach for water. After failing to find any in the lectern, Trump found a water bottle on an nearby table, taking a quick swig. The awkward moment has resulted in numerous jokes.
“These press conferences are usually pretty dry to begin with, but this one seemed especially dry,” Late Late Show host James Corden said as he introduced the news clip of the conference.
“What was that?” Corden joked, before emphasizing how difficult he finds the president to understand. “Usually, we’re just confused by the things coming out of Trump’s mouth. Who even drinks like that? He drinks like one of the robots on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.”
Over on the Late Show, Stephen Colbert decided to honor Trump’s drink break by taking his own.
“Wow that was hard to watch,” Colbert said of the water-bottle moment. “You know after watching that, I need a drink,” Colbert added.
The late-night host then proceeded to imitate Trump, as if he were looking for a drink. After finding a water bottle, Colbert imitated Trump's form as he opened the bottle and drank from it.
After the audience laughed, Colbert began to explain how unfair it may seem for him to be mocking the president. “All right, that’s not fair. Everybody gets dry mouth. I can’t stand here on national television and make fun of a politician just for drinking water,” Colbert said. Adding, “That is childish, and Trump already did it way better with Rubio.”
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump mocked rival Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's infamous moment in which he reached for a water bottle during a live speech in 2013.
“This is on live television. This total choke artist,” Trump had said, while speaking to a campaign crowd in Texas last February.
Rubio commented Wednesday that Trump needed to “work on his form.” He tweeted, “Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera. But not bad for his 1st time.”
Over on the Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Trevor Noah couldn’t contain his laughter after watching Trump drink water.
“I don’t always drink water, but when I do, I look super weird,” Noah said in a Trump voice. Like Rubio, the host then proceeded to question the president’s method of drinking water.
Noah said: “Why is he afraid to open the water, like it’s gonna fizz all over him? Like what is he doing? Like this is a guy who, clearly, only drank soda for the last 40 years. Who holds a bottle of water like it’s a sippy cup? His hands are so strange, the way he’s holding it up to his face.”
Noah also couldn’t help but notice that Trump continued to make eye contact with the camera as he drank. “The whole time he’s making eye contact with the camera,” Noah said. “Tell me this person is not an alien. Tell me!”
The Daily Show host then compared the awkward moment to Trump's visit to Puerto Rico, where he was filmed throwing paper towels at a crowd.
“I wish, when he was still looking for water, and he was, like, really dry, I wish, at that moment, people from Puerto Rico would have come out and started throwing water bottles at his face,” Noah said.
Rather than mock Trump’s method for drinking, Jimmy Kimmel found it important to comment on the specific brand of water the president drank from during his opening monologue.
“He's talking about the subject, he’s bringing jobs back to America. He's drinking a bottle of water from Fiji. It's Fiji water," Kimmel said on his late-night show.
"He's not even drinking American water, during the speech about American [jobs]," Kimmel said. " I think that does a very good job of summing the man up right there."