Late-night comedians pounce on Trump’s slurred word in Jerusalem speech

December 7, 2017

President Trump declared that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a speech Wednesday - a contentious move alarmed allies and outraged some groups.

But what caught some people’s attention was Trump’s slurred words towards the end of the speech.

He slurred several parts of his address, but the most jarring came at the end as he finished with, “Thank you. God bless Israel. God bless the Palestinian. And God bless the United States.” where he garbled the “United States.”

Trump’s full remarks can be watched below:

Many took to analyzing for slurred words.

CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta watched the lip and said in a story, “You could call it slurring or just a little bit of difficulty forming the words.”

Late night comedians took the opportunity to roast the president on the garbled words.

CBS’s Stephen Colbert played the clip several times for laughs.

The “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah raised the possibility that the slurred words were because of a dental issue.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, White House spokesman Raj Shah explained away the slurred words, “His throat was dry. There’s nothing to it.”