Although the Trump family was reportedly rattled by the incident, the president offered a different spin to Brian Kilmeade during a Fox News Radio interview on Wednesday.
“I was there for a tiny little short period of time,” Trump said, adding that “it was much more for an inspection.”
The president claimed that he’s visited the bunker two or three times “all for inspection.” He added, “Someday you may need it. ... I went down, I looked at it.”
But many Twitter users were skeptical of Trump’s excuse, especially considering the timing.
....at like, 11:00 pm. As one does. Yep.— Lanaaaaa (@LAnatra_) June 3, 2020
Does he not realize that this makes him look so much weaker than a bunker ever would?
Civil rights protesters show up at the White House fence.— Mike Dorsey 😷 (@DorseyFilm) June 3, 2020
Trump: “Unrelated to this situation, I heard there’s a bunker here. Let’s take some executive time to go tour it, like right now, right now, right now now now now! Go! Run! Every man for yourself! Forget Eric!”
He’s had 3.5 years and decides at that moment to kill the lights and sneak down to the bunker to check it out?— Batman Barr Labels Us Terrorists - (fan) (@DarkMoneyDt) June 3, 2020
Just because Donald’s that stupid doesn’t mean the General public is. This is embarrassing even for Fox.
sure it was for "inspection" Trump can't think on his feet. Wouldn't it be far better to tell the truth that Secret Service told him he must do this? Instead he makes up stupid lies.— Barbara Tepper (@softlikewater) June 3, 2020
"Lots of angry people outside...maybe I'll just mosey on down to the bunker and make sure we have enough gummy bears and diet coke for the apocalypse."— Coconut Actual (@VirtualMittens) June 3, 2020
Many people used analogies to illustrate why the bunker explanation just might be what is colloquially called “B.S.”
Just as people used to read Playboy for the articles, and dogs on July 4th aren't hiding under the bed because of fireworks, but because they thought they definitely heard a rabbit under there. https://t.co/1qr3fw6JUt— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) June 3, 2020
LOL Yeah, he just wanted to check out the art work. https://t.co/C3EPxSQP5c— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@aravosis) June 3, 2020
Next time your spouse catches you cheating, you can just say:— NotATweeter16 (@NotATweeter16) June 3, 2020
"I may have been between someone else's legs, but it was 'more for an inspection' and 'I was there for a tiny, short little period of time.'"
Other people suggested the president may want to figure out his priorities.
Dear Donald, @realDonaldTrump— mollyswordmcdonough 🏡 (@mollysmcdonough) June 3, 2020
“Inspecting” the bunker is below your pay grade.
“Inspecting” the burned-out toilet facility in Lafayette Park is below Secretary @EsperDoD ‘s pay grade.
If those of you with stewardship of our government have nothing better to do, RESIGN.
Right, because bunker inspection was at the top of his to-do list during a global pandemic and civil unrest. https://t.co/jSgOpnfErc— Eric Conrad would like you to back up a few feet (@EricConradFL) June 3, 2020
Some people had nagging questions.
Why would he need to inspect it? What expertise does he have in "bunker knowing?"— Beth Hansen (@Erdos_4) June 3, 2020
I'm sure he does all his own bunker inspections. Inspecting it for what? Bunkeriness? Hideability?— Adam Barone (@APBarone) June 3, 2020
If it remains unused why does it need so many inspections? 🤔— Abolish the GOP (@RageInNY) June 3, 2020
One person did suggest we show empathy for the individual most likely to be affected by this incident in the long term.
And now some poor White House staffer has to forge an inspection record. https://t.co/35Kn1R2uE4— Norm Wilner (@normwilner) June 3, 2020
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