Speaking at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced he was fulfilling another of his campaign promises — the United States will from now on recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
This flies in the face of decades of American foreign policy — the U.S. embassy in Israel has long been in Tel Aviv — and has been met with outcry from across the world, including from Pope Francis, as Trump’s decision gets to the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, where both Israelis and Palestinians hold claim over the city of Jerusalem.
But during the end of his speech, viewers noted something strange about the way Trump spoke.
He clearly meant to say, “God bless the United States,” as he was finishing, but something fairly unintelligible came out of his mouth instead. Take a look:
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) December 6, 2017
Trump appears to have slurred his speech, and struggled with the word “states.” But even before that moment, Trump seemed to be struggling to form words correctly.
“Let us … open our hearts and minds to possible impossibilities,” Trump said with a thick lisp. “And finally I ask the leaders of the region, political (and?) religious … to join us in the noble quest for lasting peace.”
Here’s a snippet:
Trump really struggling at the end of this speech (dry mouth?), slurs "God bless the United States" pic.twitter.com/aKtrmEUUqx
— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 6, 2017
The stumble comes at a time when psychiatric experts and sources close to the White House have questioned Trump’s mental fitness for office. While Trump is believed to have dentures — which could have caused his stumbling on Wednesday — he does have a history of mispronouncing words and stumbling over his speech./reverepress.com