Watch the Awkward Moment Trump is Met With Silence While Speaking to Female Astronauts
Donald Trump spoke to two female astronauts participating in the first all-female space walk on Friday, cheering them as “very brave, brilliant women” and praising their work on a call at the White House.
“Station, this is President Donald Trump, do you hear me?” Trump said as he phoned NASA astronauts Christa Koch and Jessica Meir from the Roosevelt Room.
“I just want to congratulate you. What you do is incredible. You’re very brave people. I don’t think I want to do it, I must tell you that, but you are amazing people,” Trump told the astronauts. He noted the two astronauts were replacing an exterior part of the space station “at a very high altitude.”
Meir and Koch began the first all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station early Friday morning; it was expected to last as long as six hours.
Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as he made the call, which was broadcast from the White House.
“For us, it’s just coming out and doing our job today,” Meir replied when asked by Trump to offer a message for young women who are interested in space exploration.
“We hope that we can provide an inspiration to everybody – not only women – but to everybody that has a dream, that has a big dream, and that is willing to work hard to make that dream come true,” Meir said.
“You’re very brave, brilliant women, and represent the country very well,” Trump said, noting that “millions” were watching the women as Trump phoned them Friday.
“Thank you both very much, have a good time,” Trump said.
Ivanka Trump noted that the call marked the first time since 1969 that a president has spoken to astronauts outside a space ship.
Of course, the fact that Ivanka is participating in this event is ridiculous. She’s a handbag designer. Hunter Biden who?
At one point, Trump was speaking to the astronauts and suggested they were going to the moon (???) and it was met with awkward silence.
Take a look:
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 18, 2019
Twitter had a field day:
what is the president's failed-handbag-plaigarising daughter doing there, shouldn't she be out making sure Hunter Biden isn't nepotisming somewhere
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) October 18, 2019
Notice who IS NOT sitting next to him. His wife. Also a woman.
— Welp… (@thejohnnymop) October 18, 2019
I see Princess Ivanka, our Head of State, is next to him. Of course. Of course.
— TbC™ (@TweetsByCollin) October 18, 2019
Why is there a handbag saleswoman sat next to the President?
— ParliamentView (@parliamentview) October 18, 2019
— Jefferson Declares (@mrtommyjeff) October 18, 2019