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Donald Trump's June 2020 West Point Commencement Speech occurred on June 13th, 2020 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Video of the speech went viral due to the manner in which President Donald Trump drank water with two hands and cautiously walked down an incline following his speech. Online, many speculated that the video of Trump's walk and drinking water indicated a decline in the president's health.
On June 13th, 2020, President Trump delivered a commencement speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During the speech, Trump appeared to have trouble steadying his hand to sip from a glass of water and, following his presentation, appeared to walk carefully and with great concentration down an incline (clips below, left and right).
That day, journalist Aaron Rupar tweeted the video from the speech, claiming that Trump seemed to have trouble pronouncing General Douglas MacArthur's name, needed to use two hands to drink water and had to gingerly walk down a ramp. The final video, one of him walking the ramp, received more than 12 million views, 20,000 likes, 11,000 retweets and 7,300 comments in less than two days (shown below).
Trump descended a ramp extremely carefully at the end of his West Point speech today pic.twitter.com/uMG3KyB1V1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 13, 2020
Twitter user @sarahcpr tweeted, "Who knew the psychological thriller of 2020 would be Trump vs Ramp." The tweet received more than 127,000 likes and 14,000 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below).
President Trump's Response
On June 13th, 2020, Trump tweeted, "The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery. The last thing I was going to do is 'fall' for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!" The tweet received more than 273,000 likes and 72,000 retweets in less than two days (shown below).
 New York Times – Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions
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