There’s something fishy going on in Tokyo, where President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia had a lighter moment on Monday after a photo opportunity went a little off-script.
Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were feeding fish at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo. Each held a small box and a spoon to toss small amounts of fish food into the water.
Trump played along:
But then he dispensed with the spoon and simply dumped the rest of the fish food into the pond:
The moment was caught on video:
Needless to say, the odd clip soon began trending on Twitter, with many making light of the fishy situation:
TRUMP: So Obama just gave them a few flakes?— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) November 6, 2017
ABE: Yes. These ceremonial Koi are very sensitive to foo— pic.twitter.com/fMSXuAtzME
Abe's feed-the-koi-slowly-so-I-don't-have-to-talk-to-Trump strategy might have worked, if DJT hadn't dumped all the food in2 the H2O at once— L L Copp (@GretiaLee) November 6, 2017
Four stages of Trump’s latest diplomatic incident: Tokyo koi pond edition. pic.twitter.com/Bx3FsEoXyq— Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) November 6, 2017
Expert advice: not too much— david munk (@davidmunk) November 6, 2017
Trump: here you gohttps://t.co/wr7VvBVrLy
*Feeding Koi fish*— St Peter (@stpeteyontweety) November 6, 2017
Trump:I’m bored.... pic.twitter.com/2SEQWNo2aP
He promised to “drain the swamp”, instead Japan has to drain the koi pond.— RobertaK (@justme2) November 6, 2017
As it turns out, there was indeed something fishy going on. Abe dumped his fish flakes first, and Trump was just following suit, albeit with a tad more flourish:
Abe dumped his fish food first. pic.twitter.com/dWZf2IDrPL— Nicholas Wadhams (@nwadhams) November 6, 2017
The update disappointed some of those who had been carping about Trump’s form of fish feeding:
Damnit... this is going to ruin my day. I was had all kinds of material. Can we delete this footage please??— Chad Costello (@ChadCostello) November 6, 2017
This article has been updated to note that Abe dumped his fish food first.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.