Even the President can experience phone issues at work.
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto joined President Donald Trump via speaker phone from the Oval Office regarding a preliminary deal to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump announced the U.S. had reached the preliminary agreement on trade that he heralded as “a big deal!” on Monday morning ahead of the call. But before he joined the call, Trump was left waiting for Nieto for a little less than a minute. It was the kind of moment you might expect to see in the hit comedy The Office.
“Enrique?” he asked while on speakerphone. No answer.
It may have been the Oval Office and an especially important phone call. But for people watching the moment live, it was oddly relatable. Suffice it to say it quickly lit up the internet. See reactions to the moment below.
“The president [of Mexico] is on the phone. Enrique? … You wanna put that on this phone please? Hello?” pic.twitter.com/JWujMhUG39
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) August 27, 2018
Trump had to wait for the President of Mexico to get on the phone in the Oval Office:
"Enrqiue? Ok, you can hook him up"
"You want to put that on this phone, please? Hello?"
Then the call connects: "Thank you, Enrique and congratulations...we've all worked very hard" pic.twitter.com/uDzHVknfWe
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) August 27, 2018
Trump making the press sit through a conference call might be his best media troll yet.
— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) August 27, 2018
Enrique? ( painfully long silence broken only by the plop plop plop of flop sweat hitting the desk) https://t.co/vyribXrwAV
— Brian Patrick (@BPatrickNormal) August 27, 2018