President Trump promoted a video on his Twitter page that had production values that didn’t quite reflect the highest office in the land.
The patriotic video set to the anthem “God Bless the U.S.A.” celebrates a genuinely positive turn of events: the release of Aya Hijazi, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen and aid worker, from an Egyptian prison late Thursday. The video slowly pans down a hopeful Washington Post story about how the Trump administration had negotiated the release of Hijazi and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein.
Trump welcomed Hijazi to the Oval Office earlier in the day on Friday. She was arrested in Egypt in 2014, but human rights groups said she had been held on fabricated charges.
Despite the inspirational story, many viewers on social media said they were distracted by its amateurish quality.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
Here’s just some of the early reaction.
This is something your aunt would make using iMovie https://t.co/GN24W0jSP0
— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 21, 2017
White House has apparently outsourced its press shop operations to a 6th grade AV class in Mississippi. https://t.co/4naAZPLMow
— Nick Wing (@nickpwing) April 21, 2017
wonderful outcome and yet, this video is incredible. the production value alone. https://t.co/lbOV2hHN2A
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) April 21, 2017
This is hands down the greatest thing I've ever seen. https://t.co/A4Pu5rrqCW
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 21, 2017
OH in newsroom: “I think Trump edited that himself” https://t.co/N6MSRS80kQ
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 21, 2017
when you’re a print journalism major and have to do a final video project https://t.co/bFFscH2LnB
— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) April 21, 2017
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