Shortly after Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was sworn in as the 52nd Speaker of the House, President Donald Trump made an impromptu cameo at a White House press conference in what was clearly a desperate ploy for attention.
Trump began by congratulating Pelosi on becoming Speaker for the second time.
"I just want to start off by congratulating Nancy Pelosi on being elected Speaker of the House," Trump said. "It's a very, very great achievement, and hopefully we're going to work together and we're going to get lots of things done, like infrastructure and so much more."
The president then began rambling about the importance of a border wall.
"Without a wall you can not have border security," Trump said. "Without a very strong form of barrier, call it what you will, but without a wall you can't have border security. It won't work."
He continued by claiming without evidence that the public supports the construction of
"the wall or the barrier."
"I have never had so much support as I have in the last week over my stance on border security," Trump said. "I have never had anything like it in terms of calls coming in and people writing in and tweeting... I've never had this much support."
Conservative commentator Bill Kristol immediately called out Trump for his stunt.
"Donald Trump couldn't stand it that Nancy Pelosi was the center of attention today," Kristol said on CNN, "so he had to butt in at 4:30 in the afternoon. It's pretty disgraceful."
Twitter, not missing a beat, also panned Trump for being incapable of sharing the spotlight.
People are upset that the media indulged Trump.
They fall for it every time.
Everything has to be all about Trump, all the time.
Trump did not take any questions following his appearance, but boy do we have some.