Normally it’s just Donald Trump‘s loud sniffing that throws us off his speeches, but this time something more alarming caught our attention.
The president began to slur quite aggressively while he announced plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — making it Israel’s new capital.
It was most noticeable at the end of his speech when he said: ‘God bless the United Shhhhtates.’
Everyone watching noticed, and it didn’t take long for Twitter to have its say.
Zac Petkanas wrote: ‘Am I dreaming or was Trump’s speech incredibly slurred?’
Did anybody else notice how badly Trump slurred his words at the end of his Jerusalem speech? The "unished stateshs" is not a country I ever heard of. There is something wrong with this person.
— Elle (@JolieSaboteuse) December 6, 2017
Aside from the constant sniffing, there was something seriously wrong with Trump's speech and mouth during that #Jerusalem announcement. Major slurring. Weirder than usual I mean…
— Marcus Dysch (@MarcusDysch) December 6, 2017
Am I dreaming or was Trump's speech incredibly slurred?
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) December 6, 2017
Damn! Trump's speech was hard to get through. With all the heavy breathing, robotic poses and gestures, and slurred words. He probably had an earpiece with someone feeding him the speech.
— Ya Got Trouble (@Burning_Deck) December 6, 2017
Trump said recognizing Jerusalem as the capital is ‘necessary for achieving peace’.
He said: ‘This act passed Congress by an overwhelming majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote by the Senate only six months ago, yet over 20 years every previous US president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
‘The record is in — after more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.
‘I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Today, I am delivering. I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests in of the US and the pursuit of peace.’
Trump added this is just ‘one step in working for a lasting peace agreement’.
It’s a decision that could affect the entire region and Trump’s running the risk of sparking violent protests.
Israel, a close ally of the US, will likely welcome the move and it will be popular with pro-Israel evangelical Christian voters who make up a key part of Trump’s base.
But the violence it could spark may derail a developing US Mideast peace plan before it even gets off the ground and infuriate key allies in the Arab world and in the West.