White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefly extended Thursday’s briefing to answer what she called “ridiculous questions” about President Donald Trump’s health in a recent address.
Trump delivered a statement from the White House on Wednesday, announcing that the U.S. will recognize the Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv. But the president notably slurred his speech toward the end of his remarks.
Story Continued Below
There was speculation that Trump wears dentures and was having trouble with them mid-speech.
“I’ll break the rules and I’ll come back,” Sanders told reporters as she returned to the lectern to respond to a shouted question about the president’s Jerusalem speech. “I know that there were a lot of questions on that. Frankly, pretty ridiculous questions.”
“The president’s throat was dry,” she continued, parroting an earlier statement from White House spokesman Raj Shah. “Nothing more than that.”
Sanders added, however, that Trump will undergo a physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in “the first part of next year.”
“And those records will be released by the doctor following that taking place,” she said.
After repeatedly mocking Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s mid-speech water consumption in his response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in 2013, Trump last month paused a live address at the White House to awkwardly sip Fiji water.
For his part, Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted that Trump “needs work on his form.” “Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera,” he said. “But not bad for his 1st time.”