Embattled President Donald Trump failed spectacularly at a simple photo-op with children in Ohio on Friday.
President Trump toured the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus with First Lady Melania Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
As part of the tour, “they took part in a time-honored tradition: sitting in tiny desks alongside adorable kids in hope that the guileless innocence on the little faces surrounding them will take some of the heat off of their craven politicking,” in the words of Esquire.
As part of the photo-op, Trump had the simple role of coloring between the lines with young children.
The opioid crisis is one of our top priorities at HHS, with a drumbeat of action on the full range of efforts where we can assist local communities. Today, I joined @POTUS & @FLOTUS in Ohio to learn how states and communities are responding to the challenge of opioid addiction. pic.twitter.com/NwxSoeNznA
— Secretary Alex Azar (@SecAzar) August 25, 2018
Zooming in on Trump’s art project, however, revealed that commander-in-chief had failed at the simply task of coloring in an American flag.
Proof it’s real ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/prYOGetq33
— Talia (@2020fight) August 25, 2018
“The flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white,” as the flag code makes clear.
Unlike the flag of the Russian Federation, there are no blue stripes in the American flag.
Despite being unable to color an American flag with a group of children, Trump has made his supposed love for the U.S. flag and national anthem a centerpiece of his political outreach.
Hours after the bungled photo-op, Trump ripped CBS and ESPN over the NFL’s protest controversy while speaking at the Ohio Republican Party’s annual state dinner.
“What the hell is the NFL doing? Do they not have a clue? It’s hurt them badly,” said Trump, who has previously criticized the league for players who kneel in protest during the anthem. “They think they’re doing something smart by not broadcasting the national anthem?”
Trump attempted a mulligan by starting over with a blank sheet of paper.