President Donald Trump stands accused of overfeeding some fish during his trip to Japan.
The president was photographed dumping an entire box of fish food into a koi pond on Aug. 6, the Daily Mail reports.
The president and his wife received a lavish formal welcome in Japan. It began with a visit to Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, and included a military honor guard reception in addition to the traditional koi feeding.
Trump and his Japanese host, Shinzo Abe, began by delicately spooning out food to the carp at Akasaka Palace.
When Abe’s box was almost empty, he tossed the remaining contents into the air above the pond.
Trump responded by dumping his box upside down, sending a large quantity of food into the water all at once. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who allegedly called the president a “moron” behind his back in early October, reportedly laughed as he stood nearby, witnessing the incident.
According to Dr. Erik Johnson, a Georgia veterinarian, overfeeding koi is a common mistake that “can make your fish sick,” and can also create excessive levels of waste, degrading water quality.
“Fish that are overfed in typical ornamental pond facilities will eventually develop large bellies and begin to look a little bit like tadpoles, with the big body and the wispy tail,” Johnson writes. “That will not usually kill the fish, but the impact on the liver and other internal organs can and will be severe.”
Twitter users were also quick to point out that it was a mistake to overfeed the koi carp.
Adam Glickstein, a spokesman for a Democratic congressman, tweeted: “Trump can’t even feed fish right.”
Journalist Lindsay Beyerstein wrote: “Trump murders beloved koi by overfeeding. It’s not a Las Vegas buffet, you moron. They suffocate on the extra food!”
“Everything is a horror show but Trump just dumping that fish food into the koi pond is breathtaking,” wrote a Twitter user whose identity was not revealed by the Daily Mail. “Dude would f**k up p***ing in the ocean.”
Another added: “Omg. That amount would literally kill the koi. What a classic Trump move.”
In addition to possibly making some fish sick, Trump also tried to sell the Japanese some American weapons.
As part of his sales pitch, Trump told the Japanese media that U.S. military hardware would enable Japan to defend itself if attacked by North Korea.
Speaking of Abe, Trump said: “He will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States. The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should. And we make the best military equipment by far.”
Trump also defended his previous comments about North Korea.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” he said on Aug. 8 during a press conference at one of his golf courses, the Daily Mail reported. “They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Sources: Daily Mail (2) / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: AP via Daily Mail