Despite White House assurances that Donald Trump would speak to supporters on the South Lawn for thirty minutes the president, who has been known to go on for ninety minutes or more when he has a crowd in front of him, lasted only 18 minutes leaving a crowd that had waited far longer than that to get in.
With MSNBC and CNN both cutting off coverage of the highly-promoted event that was the president's first public appearance since being released from Walter Reed Medical Center, the president sounded raspy at times before wrapping up.
According to Annie Karni of the New York Times, "Trump spoke for 18 minutes, after officials said it would be 30 minutes. Unusual."
Needless to say, that led many on Twitter to speculate on the true state of Trump's health -- as you can see below:
@anniekarni He was probably running out of breath. Couldn’t hide his gasps for air any more.— Let’s Take the Senate 🗳 (@Let’s Take the Senate 🗳)1602354594.0
@anniekarni So 400 not 2k show up and he speaks for a little over 15 min.— Deeds.Not.Words.#especiallyfemale (@Deeds.Not.Words.#especiallyfemale)1602354542.0
@anniekarni Covid will do that to ya— Rose Benson (@Rose Benson)1602354463.0
@anniekarni I'm old enough to remember Trump saying Hillary Clinton “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take… https://t.co/EQqUL65vye— Kellyanne Parrish (@Kellyanne Parrish)1602354878.0
@anniekarni He’s still sick. Physically and mentally. He didn’t think he could continue without showing the impact of Coronavirus on him.— Daily Rhymes (@Daily Rhymes)1602354864.0
@anniekarni *feel the effects wear off*— Linda Habros (@Linda Habros)1602356314.0
@anniekarni @jentaub Started to fatigue. Wait til he tried a full rally & not mere feet from his bed. One hour? Good luck.— Paix (@Paix)1602355550.0
@anniekarni @jentaub Not with Covid. It's hard to talk. Takes your breath away. He's sick.— Tracy Roach, J.D. (@Tracy Roach, J.D.)1602355466.0
@Karen_Robz @anniekarni Were they given burgers at least?— oliviaboen (@oliviaboen)1602356600.0
@anniekarni So he didn’t carry his speech to full term?— Eric Rodriguez (@Eric Rodriguez)1602355303.0
@anniekarni @MaTTFLaMMaBLe He's clearly not feeling well... and he doesn't give a damn that he's infecting other people.— Pittsburgher (@Pittsburgher)1602355375.0
@nyrs_rangers @anniekarni That’s what Melania says😂— @realgooglebee (@@realgooglebee)1602354889.0
@anniekarni He’s shot physically in my opinion.— Martin 🏴☠️ Hagar (@Martin 🏴☠️ Hagar)1602354490.0
@anniekarni He could be is a bit under the weather, wonder why. And, if he went off steroids yesterday, he may be crashing.— Ruth Steinman (@Ruth Steinman)1602354641.0
@anniekarni Yea, but he killed! https://t.co/DHEMnWPESg— Gen. J.D. Ripper (@Gen. J.D. Ripper)1602355689.0