In an inexplicable turn of events, Donald Trump was caught on tape ignoring questions about Michael Flynn as he walked out of an executive order signing ceremony Friday. What’s more, Trump didn’t even bother to sign the orders before bailing, leaving Mike Pence to chase after him. The bizarre scene played out at the White House, and involved executive orders pertaining to trade abuses, reports The Hill. Mike Pence briefly introduced the orders, flanked by Donald Trump, vowing that they would “put America first” and hold other nations accountable for trade violations.
When President Trump took the podium, he was immediately hit with a question regarding disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Flynn is apparently seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying before Congress about the connections alleged connections between Russia and the Trump campaign. Michael Flynn rose to notoriety after being fired by Donald Trump just weeks into his new national security adviser role. The retired Lieutenant General released a statement via his lawyer, Robert Kelner, on Thursday claiming that he has “a story to tell.”
“Gen. Flynn certainly had a story to tell and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit. No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch-hunt environment without assurances from unfair prosecution.”
Donald Trump has reportedly supported Flynn’s bid for immunity, while Congress has reportedly rejected the idea. While Trump has taken to Twitter to address the issue, he has not publicly answered media questions regarding the Flynn situation.
Fast forward to Friday’s executive order signing ceremony. Donald Trump spoke a few short words about the executive orders eagerly awaiting his signature, and was “hassled” by a member of the press pool with a question about Michael Flynn and Russia. After getting “visibly flustered” by the question, Trump immediately and unceremoniously walked out of the ceremony, Mike Pence hurriedly following behind, executive order folders in hand.
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Not surprisingly, it didn’t take long for “Trump walks out” to become a widely-discussed topic on Twitter and other social media outlets, and folks across the nation and around the world felt compelled to share their thoughts about the president so publicly and brazenly dodging the uncomfortable Flynn matter. Some concerned social media users were even concerned that the aging President Trump may have forgotten to sign the orders, despite being in the midst of a ceremony compelling him to do just that. At 70-years-old when he was sworn in, Trump is the oldest president ever to take office. At least one Twitter user surmised that the odd scene of Trump walking out of the signing ceremony without signing the executive orders could even be a sign of dementia.
Another social media user analyzed the “Trump walks out” body language, declaring Donald “unhappy.”
The executive orders, rushed out of the ceremony by a clearly confused Mike Pence, did reportedly eventually get Trump’s signature, but away from prying eyes and inquisitive reporters.
Still, social media continues to share the disturbing video of a sitting president walking out of an executive order signing ceremony without actually signing any executive orders.
In the midst of his Friday walks, both out the door of the executive order signing ceremony and apparently as far away from the media as he was able to get, Donald Trump never did answer any questions about Michael Flynn, his request for immunity, or the Russia investigation.
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