Tuesday, President Donald Trump attempted to walk back his disparaging remarks—both on Twitter Sunday and in Helsinki Monday—about the United States in general and U.S. intelligence agencies in particular.
But after stating he had "a full faith in our intelligence agencies," the lights at the White House dimmed and then went out.
Some online claim it is karmic retribution.
While others are claiming divine intervention.
Did you like it when the lights went out on him? That was Me.— God (@God)1531854847.0
Trump began by stating to the assembled reporters,
Let me begin by saying that once again, full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies. I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies."
The lights just went out on Trump as he was saying he has "full faith" in the country's intelligence agencies https://t.co/vrFHdp4sn4— jordan (@jordan)1531854818.0
"Whoops, they just turned off the light. That must be the intelligence agencies," the President mocked.
While the cause is likely far more earthbound and electrical, Trump is by no means alone in making light of the timing of the mini-blackout.
Some of the jokes are a bit more pointed than others, however.
As @RealDonaldTrump said he has “full faith and support” in American intelligence agencies, the lights in the Cabin… https://t.co/45oNMuv1cM— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin)1531853824.0
The lights just went out during Trump’s speech. GOD I hope that was the X-Men visiting.— David Blue (@David Blue)1531853850.0
And my favorite moment of that taped statement is when the lights went out as he sat and lied while committing treason #ImpeachTrump— Tara Dublin Needs A Literary Agent (@Tara Dublin Needs A Literary Agent)1531853805.0
WATCH: Lights go out as Trump mentions intelligence agencies. I’m gonna choose to believe the CIA just put his tr… https://t.co/eWVQ2nO3nn— Rogue CPI (@Rogue CPI)1531854367.0
It’s funny how the lights went out right when Trump started his Russia lying today. Even the WH ghosts are calling him on his bullsh*t!— 🦋🦋🦋Sierra Johnson🦋🦋🦋 (@🦋🦋🦋Sierra Johnson🦋🦋🦋)1531861300.0
@TheTweetOfGod Small potatoes, Lord. You can Do Better. Be Best!— Hannah's Meemaw 🆘 #ThisIsNotNormal #EndTheGOP (@Hannah's Meemaw 🆘 #ThisIsNotNormal #EndTheGOP)1531855006.0
Some pointed out the President's body language.
Y’all, watch @realDonaldTrump’s body language when the lights went out as he mentioned intelligence agencies. It F… https://t.co/V2GMxrT2Vi— Chely Wright (@Chely Wright)1531860073.0
@maddow GUESS TRUMP GOT SCARED WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT! Where were you when the lights went out?! He asks “EVERYBO… https://t.co/xFBWy3YS7b— NANCY ASK (@NANCY ASK)1531865707.0
But that timing...
Others could not get over how perfectly timed that was.
At which point the director of this movie is fired for being too ridiculously ham-handed. https://t.co/ZwJJRlv8GB— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@Rachel Maddow MSNBC)1531858281.0
@PreetBharara It took the entire cabinet to come up with this particular lie? A claim that he just misspoke, althou… https://t.co/1brGP4X54W— 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝⋮ℒℯℯ𝒜𝓃𝓃 (@𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝⋮ℒℯℯ𝒜𝓃𝓃)1531861821.0
The lights randomly went out??? Given the timing of the comments and world events and current state of light switch… https://t.co/CuEZtqPZDk— Gadi Schwartz (@Gadi Schwartz)1531866138.0
Did someone accidentally lean against a switch on a wall? Was it a power failure? Do they have a lighting switch bo… https://t.co/cmT4doPt9l— Gadi Schwartz (@Gadi Schwartz)1531866199.0
Did anyone hear a pop? What was the president told after the press conference? Are the lights manually controlled?… https://t.co/rJRWcAaxKu— Gadi Schwartz (@Gadi Schwartz)1531866414.0
@TheTweetOfGod Bernie Sanders had a bird land on the podium, Trump had an eagle attack him and the lights go out on… https://t.co/tPVOI1GeON— Luna Morgana (@Luna Morgana)1531857812.0
@Elysianphoenix @TheTweetOfGod Don't forget about the sinkhole at mar a lago. Too bad it didn't swallow up the whol… https://t.co/UtEidDg3X5— Alicia in Wonderland (@Alicia in Wonderland)1531862351.0
Some people see a potential conspiracy...
The lights going out in the Cabinet Room during Trump saying he has faith in the intelligence communities might be… https://t.co/BjN0fSWaFg— Lawson (@Lawson)1531858748.0
Wouldn’t surprise me if Russia is trying to send a message or show they gained access to the US power grid— Lawson (@Lawson)1531858921.0
But most people just thought it was a funny coincidence begging to be made fun of.
@RogueCPI Clapper gets the last word https://t.co/DYHq40vnP6— SRM_MD (@SRM_MD)1531854626.0
@ABC https://t.co/Tdcq9LTRFD— 51Ə7Ə (@51Ə7Ə)1531854333.0
Whether it was the result of a storm, as some claim, or someone forgot to pay the electric bill, either way the day the lights went out in Washington DC was memorable.