During the 2016 presidential campaign, when Donald Trump was under fire for controversial remarks made about undocumented Latin American immigrants, he posted a photo to Twitter of himself eating a “taco bowl” in his Trump Tower office on Cinco de Mayo. The would-be president claimed in his tweet that the “best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill,” further declaring “I love Hispanics!” in conclusion.
But on Saturday, one sharp-eyed Twitter user noticed something else in the 41-month-old tweet. In the background, a desk drawer in Trump’s office is open. Visible inside the drawer are what appear to be multiple boxes of cold and sinus drug Sudafed.
For some reason, the type of Sudafed claimed to be present in the photo — a photo which can be seen below on this page — appears to be the type available only in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This formulation contains somewhat different ingredients than the American version of the popular cold remedy.
Why would Trump keep at least three boxes of U.K. Sudafed in his drawer? On September 9, a stand-up comedian — and former staff member on Trump’s long-running NBC TV reality competition show The Apprentice — posted the possible answer to this question on his own Twitter account.
“Trump snorted Adderall all thru the day on ‘Apprentice’ he also ate UK. Sudafed like candy,” tweeted former Apprentice staffer Noel Casler.
In 2016, Trump posted a photo of himself that gave away more than he intended. An open desk drawer revealed box after box of Sudafed, piled on top of one another. pic.twitter.com/wHFgRvY2YU
— JRehling (@JRehling) October 5, 2019
Last December, as The Inquisitr reported, Casler also claimed that while working on The Apprentice, Trump frequently abused Adderall, the brand name for the drug Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine, a type of “speed.” In fact, Casler described Trump as a “speed freak” who craved the drug so intensely that, rather than swallow it in pill form, he would crush the pills, then “snort” them through his nose.
Though the U.S. version of Sudafed contains pseudoephedrine — the drug that is used in the production of methamphetamine — the U.K. version instead includes phenylephrine, which is also a nasal decongestant but is considered less effective than its American counterpart. But the U.K. version also contains caffeine, which is another stimulant.
“The point is he was always high,” Casler wrote in his September 9 tweet, describing his time working for The Apprentice. “That hasn’t changed.”
Casler is not alone in his allegations of Trump’s use of stimulant drugs. As The Inquisitr reported, journalist Kurt Eichenwald claimed last year that he had obtained the president’s medical records from 1982, records which ostensibly showed that Trump was prescribed the amphetamine Diethylpropion — also known as Tenuate — to treat what was described only as a “metabolic disorder.”
According to Eichenwald, though Diethylpropion is intended to be taken for only a few weeks at time, Trump consumed the drug regularly for about eight years, from 1982 to 1990.
"We spy last week's PEOPLE feature on Marla Maples open on Trump’s desk—under his taco bowl … pic.twitter.com/8D7PZPWTst"
— News Hub (@PetrinaRigby) May 5, 2016
That same “taco bowl” photo from May 5, 2016, also contained another odd detail spotted by Mashable. Trump’s taco bowl sits atop a pile of papers on his desk, and clearly visible under the bowl is a photograph of the president’s second wife, Marla Maples, posing in a bikini.
Trump and Maples divorced in 1999, 17 years before the “taco bowl” tweet.