Raise your hand if you had “feeding koi fish” in your “what will President Donald Trump do to spark an international incident on his 12-day Asia trip” pool. You’ve won yourself quite a prize.
Trump is in Japan as part of a major swing through Asia, and he joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace, where they fed some of the koi at a pond on the grounds.
— Alex Pfeiffer (@PfeifferDC) November 6, 2017
Some reporters jumped on the tweet, speculating the president had acted out of turn, and the news quickly went viral.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 6, 2017
Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe were scheduled to feed koi spoonfuls of food. Until Trump poured his entire box of fish food into the pond. https://t.co/D7OIBzJrXi
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 6, 2017
Because Trump is known for his somewhat lackadaisical behavior, social media jumped on the photo, assuming he had shown disrespect to both the koi fish and Abe.
When u just refreshed the water of your koi pond and your special friend asks if he can feed the fish and you can’t say no pic.twitter.com/L8FK2qhS3Z
— Slim Brian (@briandotjp) November 6, 2017
— John Toner (@jptoner50) November 6, 2017
However, if you want the full video of the experience, it looks like Trump was merely following the lead of Abe, who also tossed his whole box in, albeit with a little more grace and panache.
So, sorry to disappoint. It appears that this is not the international incident it was originally hyped to be.
But Trump is heading to South Korea next. Who knows what will happen there?
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