By Thomas Phippen
A number of journalists on Twitter lambasted President Donald Trump for pouring an entire box of food into a pond of precious Japanese koi, some even suspecting that amount of food could damage the fish.
As the meme spread through social media, other users joined in teasing Trump for improper conduct during the photo-op on his first state visit to Japan, until the full video of the incident came out showing Trump was just following the example of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Trump scooped out some feed for the coy in the pond below before opting to just dump the whole box. Rex Tillerson, standing nearby, laughed.
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) November 6, 2017
“Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe were scheduled to feed koi spoonfuls of food. Until Trump poured his entire box of fish food into the pond,” CNBC reporter Christina Wilkie wrote on Twitter.
Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe were scheduled to feed koi spoonfuls of food. Until Trump poured his entire box of fish food into the pond. https://t.co/D7OIBzJrXi
— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) November 6, 2017
Some even suggested that Trump’s behavior at the koi pond could launch a “diplomatic incident.”
Four stages of Trump’s latest diplomatic incident: Tokyo koi pond edition. pic.twitter.com/Bx3FsEoXyq
— Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) November 6, 2017
The full video of the fish-feeding photo-op at Akasaka Palace koi pond shows clearly that Trump followed Abe’s lead in dumping the box of fish food into the pond.
Trump and Japan PM Shinzo Ave decide to dump entire boxes of fish food into a koi pond at the Japanese palace. pic.twitter.com/aPAP6IdRhP
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 6, 2017