President Donald Trump has not been seen in nearly two days after returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, leading many online to ask where exactly Trump is at?
After spending three days at the hospital receiving treatment for the coronavirus, the president went back to the White House on Monday and assured the public that he had beaten the virus.
Although Trump has remained highly-active on Twitter, users are questioning whether the president is avoiding cameras to hide the condition of his health.
In fact, the hashtag #WhereIsTrump became a trending topic as users speculated on the president’s whereabouts.
Some suggested that Trump was likely on his death bed after video of the president appearing to gasp for air went viral on Monday.
“The president’s hopped up on steroids one minute and quiet the next,” @BidenTime2020 added. “He comes to in time to make bad decisions and incite division, and then passes back out. Let’s stop this insanity in November.”
The hashtag was also filled with conspiracy theories suggesting that Trump may no longer be in control of his own Twitter account.
“His twitter feed doesn’t sound quite like his usual,” @katchoo1 said. “Like someone trying to sound like him… Hmmm.”
Coincidentally, around 30 minutes after the topic became a trend, the president was reported to be inside the Oval Office.
As noted by by one White House reporter, the presence of a Marine outside of the main West Wing door suggests that Trump has returned to his desk.
It remains unknown whether Trump had initially planned to go into the Oval Office or if he was merely responding to the trending hashtag.
However, the president has made it clear one of his top administrative priorities is monitoring trending topics.
Update 8:04pm CT: He speaks!
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*First Published: Oct 7, 2020, 3:40 pm
Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.