The Slatest

President Points at Map

Donald Trump, seated in the Oval Office in front of yellow drapes, points at a poster-board map.
Map; Trump.
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One consistent principle that guides Donald Trump’s decisions as president is that he acts like he thinks a president who’s doing something on TV would act. Instead of actually doing the thing, he performs the TV version of doing the thing.

As this Hurricane Michael–related clip flagged by a Washington Post video producer indicates, the performance does not always involve A-list, top-shelf acting.

The context here is that instead of just having reporters receive a hurricane-preparedness briefing directly from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA chief Brock Long, the White House instead invited them to watch Trump listen to a briefing from Nielsen and Long while seated at his desk, which appears to have gone about as awkwardly as you’d expect.

I like when he points at the map, as if to say, “This is a map.”