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Trump stands by his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite international fury on all sides as he's accused of 'declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims'
President Donald Trump just made remarks clarifying the White House’s position on Israel, officially recognizing Jerusalem as the country’s capital and pledging to move America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City in the near future.
This was an important and controversial move, with long-lasting implications on the geopolitical stage.
But, uh, what the heck was going on with Trump’s speech pattern? He began seemingly slurring his words toward the end of his remarks. In particular at the very end, it was quite noticeable.
Was he on drugs? Was he drunk on Big Macs? Tired? Did he just really miss Twitter?
It looks like the answer is none of these things. A close Mediaite examination of the video led us to the most likely conclusion: the President’s dentures were slipping out of his mouth, subtly loosening, thus causing the change in speech pattern.
This cannot be confirmed but, Trump is 71 years old, so it makes a fair amount of sense that he would wear dentures. He isn’t known, after all, for having the best eating habits around.
Folks on Twitter were quick to notice the irregularity, first wondering what was going on with Trump and then sharing the couch-dentist diagnosis that his dentures were likely slipping out of his mouth:
So, long-live #SlurGate, a case that was opened and closed within five minutes. Trump is a known tea totaler, or soda totaler, so the idea that he was high on drugs while delivering an important speech was always extremely unlikely.
But Trump is sticking to his guns, calling his decision an act of political courage.
'The president previewed 'a big announcement' during a cabinet meeting, which he said concerns 'Israel and the Palestinians in the Middle East. And I think it's long overdue.'
'Many presidents have said they want to do something, and they didn't do it. Whether it's through courage or they change their mind I can't tell you. But a lot of people have said we have to do something, and they didn't do it.'
A senior administration official said Tuesday that the president would also launch a long process of moving America's embassy there from Tel Aviv.
'The president believes this is a recognition of reality,' the official said.
While Israel welcomed the news, Palestinian officials declared the Mideast peace process 'finished' and Turkey announced it would host a meeting of Islamic nations next week to give Muslim countries' leaders an opportunity to coordinate a response.
In Gaza, U.S. and Israeli flags were burned and in the West bank Hamas declared Friday a 'day of rage,' raising the specter of mass violence in the occupied territories.
Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capitol on Wednesday and launch a process to move the U.S. embassy there, casting his decision as an act of political courage
In flames: In Gaza Palestinians burned the U.S. and Israeli flags as Trump's announcement later on Wednesday was revealed
Palestinians burned a poster of Trump during a protest in Bethlehem, West Bank, on Tuesday in anticipation of the announcement
President Donald Trump will say Wednesday that the U.S. officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that the U.S. will begin the process of moving its embassy there from Tel Aviv. Benjamin Netanyahu was largely silent about the move but his Cabinet welcomed it
Rebukes spread: In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said she would challenge Trump and at the Vatican Pope Francis said he was 'profoundly concerned' and appealed that 'everyone respects the status quo of the city'
More opprobrium: Turkey's president Recey Tayyip Erdogan, who met King Abdullah of Jordan on Tuesday, had called the move on Jerusalem a 'red line'. His spokesman on Wednesday said it was a 'grave mistake that will virtually eliminate the fragile Middle East peace process'.
The Pope made a plea for Trump to rethink urgently and spoke out at his weekly general audience in Rome .
'I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,' Pope Francis said.
'I pray to the Lord that its identity is preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world and that wisdom and prudence prevail to prevent new elements of tension from being added to a global context already convulsed by so many cruel conflicts.' –Pope Francis
'Jerusalem obviously should be part of the final settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians - a negotiated settlement that we want to see. We have no plans ourselves to move our embassy.' –Boris Johnson, British Foreign Secretary
'Our historical national identity is receiving important expressions every day.' –Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister
'Declaring Jerusalem a capital is disregarding history and the truths in the region, it is a big injustice/cruelty, shortsightedness, foolishness/madness, it is plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight.' –Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag
'He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions of Christians, that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel.' –Manuel Hassassian, chief Palestinian representative to Britain