Is Donald Trump working hard or hardly working?
That’s the question on the minds of Americans after the White House released two photos of Donald Trump on Saturday, which reportedly show the president hard at work in his hospital suite at Walter Reed Medical Center. Trump was admitted to Walter Reed on Friday night following his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
The photos, taken by Joyce N. Boghosian, show Trump with a Sharpie in hand, looking down at several pieces of paper. In one photo he’s seen wearing a blue blazer and writing while seated at a table in the same room he recorded a video from on Saturday. And in the other photo, Trump is seen sitting in the presidential conference room at Walter Reed with his jacket off.
Since the White House released the two photos, they’ve made their way around social media thanks to shares from reporters and Trump family members like Ivanka and Eric. But many people are deeply confused by the photos and feel that they’re part of a ridiculously transparent publicity stunt.
A tweet from Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of the Air Current, notes that per the EXIF (exchangeable image file format) data embedded in the wire images shared by the White House, the photos of Trump working at Walter Reed were taken just 10 minutes apart.