The president was ostensibly promoting a new trade deal but for 90 minutes he came across as a madcap carnival barker
It may have been the worlds worst advertisement for teetotalism.
On Monday Donald Trump careered all over the place, displaying no discernible inhibitions, his speech a little slurry at times, blurting out words that most people would regret in the morning as he held his second wild ride with the media in less than a week.
The US president was ostensibly making an announcement about a new trade deal with the Canada and Mexico, but was also questioned about Judge Brett Kavanaughs youthful drinking habits.
Trump was quick to remind the gathering in the White House Rose Garden that he has never touched a drop. Im just saying, Im not a drinker, he said, arms outstretched. I can honestly say I never had a beer in my life, OK? Its one of my only good traits.
I dont drink. Whenever theyre looking for something good, I said never had a glass of alcohol. Ive never had alcohol. You know, for whatever reason. Can you imagine if I had, what a mess Id be? Id be the worlds worst.
It was one of Trumps rare flashes of self-knowledge in a carnival barker performance that is becoming more and more familiar with each outing in front of the media.
Wearing dark suit, white shirt and red tie, Trump played his usual verbal jazz for 90 minutes, basking in the attention and the beautiful autumn sunshine. But it did mean that the commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, who is 80, was forced to stand on the podium for an hour and a half.
It is not unknown for men who mistreat women to blame their misconduct on alcohol. Trump does not have that excuse, which may have made it all the more chilling, when he immediately belittled a woman reporter.
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