On Saturday, the White House released photos that claimed to show President Donald Trump working from Walter Reed military hospital after contracting COVID-19. Trump tested positive for the virus on Friday and was taken to the hospital; He's since stayed there two nights thus far. The photos of him "working" from the hospital were shared by Ivanka Trump, who wrote, "Nothing can stop him from working for the American people."
Nothing can stop him from working for the American people. RELENTLESS! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/2ZSat782qe— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 4, 2020
It didn't take long for people to cast doubt that Trump was actually working in the photos, however, as the metadata appears to show the two photos, which include Trump sitting at different tables, were taken only ten minutes apart. The EXIF data embedded in the photos that were shared to Associated Press pretty much confirmed this, and people have already called out the Trump administration for it.
Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current, first pointed out the data that was embedded in the photos. "The photos released by the WH tonight of the president working at Walter Reed were taken 10 minutes apart at 5:25:39 pm and 5:35:40 pm ET Saturday, according to the EXIF data embedded in both AP wire postings that were shared by the White House this evening," he wrote on Saturday.
Haha of course the Trump administration doesn’t know that photos have metadata by default https://t.co/AdNCS4wu0s— Micah Lee (@micahflee) October 4, 2020
Even more bizarre, when the photos have been zoomed in on it's hard to tell what Trump is actually doing. Some have suggested that he's only signing his name on a blank sheet of paper, while others have highlighted that he appears to be doing so with a sharpie. Andrew Feinberg, who is a White House reporter, was among those to note the "staged" nature of the photo on Twitter.
There's also some concern about Trump's lack of wearing any sort of face mask in the photos, especially since he was photographed in two separate locations.
Check out reactions to the photo-op below.
he's sitting in a conference room I can only assume is going to be used by doctors, not wearing a mask. I'm sure the medical staff will appreciate being exposed to his infected breathing when they sit down to use this room.— Cleodora Silvestri (@drakkenmensch) October 4, 2020
BREAKING: The White House releases photos supposedly showing Trump working from Walter Reed Medical Center. As you can see, however, the President is merely signing a blank piece of paper with a sharpie.— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) October 4, 2020
We are living in North Korea. Kim Jong Un would be proud. pic.twitter.com/BC3NWK9WFp
See? He’s fine. He has his sharpie and he’s working hard in the hospital just like always! pic.twitter.com/CeSILVxudr— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) October 4, 2020
Maybe the pics of President Trump working weren’t faked. In fairness, he seems like a guy who would spend his “working” time writing and admiring his own name on a blank sheet of paper. https://t.co/sbcJtsD3Mv— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) October 4, 2020
When your boss comes to check on you in the last hour of work so you gotta look busy https://t.co/WobV3QwfNI— Yvie Oddly (@OddlyYvie) October 4, 2020
Trump faked the photos at Walter Reed showing him “working.” The photos show him in two different rooms signing “documents,” one photo with a jacket, the other without.— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@aravosis) October 4, 2020
Both photos were taken 10 minutes apart. It was all a set up. https://t.co/RnPqRCfrK0
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