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It’s not often that a wordless tweet goes viral, but when it involves Donald Trump, Japanese President Shinzo Abe and a koi pond, anything is seemingly possible.
The tweet, or more importantly the picture within said tweet, depicted the US President at a koi feeding ceremony during his current visit to Japan.
Sources suggest that he lost patience with delicately spooning the food into the pond below, and instead, dumped the remainder haphazardly into the pool below.
— Alex Pfeiffer (@PfeifferDC) November 6, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Abe both look puzzled, while a woman standing ahead of Tillerson tries valiantly to hold back a smile.
The picture has been shared over 900 times, with 11 400 likes to boot. And this isn’t the only tweet harbouring this picture.
A video of the incident, published by ABC, also appeared and showcases the entire incident in 32 seconds. And Trump’s unbridled glee.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 6, 2017
Twitter made quick work immortalising the fish feeding fiasco into a fledgling meme.
you (ignorant): haha look, trump dumped in too much food
me (smart, politically savvy): what the fuck is this pic.twitter.com/7oCoYCm9Yn
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) November 6, 2017
Abe: These are for feeding koi. Just drop a few in and…
— Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) November 6, 2017
For some reason, Twitter also decreed that Trump’s pants should receive a share of the conversation.
Then again maybe the story is the long fly pic.twitter.com/py9SYvh1xi
— Eoin Thankins 🦃🍁🍂 (@EoinHiggins_) November 6, 2017
Fish lovers on the social network highlighted their concerns regarding the koi’s health.
Koi don’t have very good impulse control in that regard, and will probably overfeed and become ill as a consequence if no one cleans that up.
Abe is basically watching in polite rage-horror as the epic orange buffoon tries to kill his fish.
— Rei Murasame 村雨れい (@ReiMurasame) November 6, 2017
While others couldn’t understand why this was news at all.
Why do we care? Nonnews!
— freegaryt (@freegaryt2) November 6, 2017
Trump isn’t simply in Japan to entertain the internet and world’s koi population though. The US President is in Japan and four other Asian countries for 12 days to discuss trade, military expenditure and political relations.
He’s also scheduled to visit South Korea, China, Vietnam and lastly the Philippines on 12 November.
Feature image: screenshot, Alex Pfeiffer (@PfeifferDC) via Twitter