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.”
President Trump makes a surprise appearance in White House briefing room, where he dives into remarks about border security and touts support from several border patrol officials for his push for a wall on the southern border https://t.co/ewBuYrkijp pic.twitter.com/x6XoalV0lT
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 3, 2019
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.
He can’t stand not being the center of attention. Just look at the poster he had in the CENTER of the situation room table
— Cathy McFe (@CathyMcfe) January 3, 2019
It’s totally disgusting but seriously not at all shocking.
— Marci (@marcieaston) January 3, 2019
Bill Crystal called it!!! He got it exactly right.
— Landy Taylor (@landytaylor1) January 3, 2019
People are upset that the media indulged Trump.