After Donald Trump mocked Senator Marco Rubio for taking a gulp of water in the middle of a 2013 televised speech, he opened himself up to the same treatment should he ever experience a need for a refreshment while addressing the nation.
Sure enough, midway though a lengthy recounting of his Asia jaunt on Wednesday, Trump paused his remarks and took a sip from a bottle of Fiji water.
He mocked Rubio for this!! Like, it was a thing on the campaign for a while! Trump once threw water on the audience and yelled "IT'S RUBIO!!!" Said Rubio would be weak with Putin, etc. as a result. https://t.co/qVE9UdOUf4— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) November 15, 2017
No news in 23 minutes. That will be remembered for the swigs of water— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) November 15, 2017
There is a tweet for everything, part 1,347: https://t.co/B1WvBzrHNX— Matt Viser (@mviser) November 15, 2017
Given that Trump had repeatedly mocked his former campaign rival on a number of different platforms during the 2016 primary, there was plenty to resurface. Immediately, political reporters began reposting a video of Trump tossing water around a stage during a rally last February in Texas.
“It’s Rubio!” Trump exclaims in the video.
There was also the 2013 tweet in which Trump advised Rubio that he would have been better off taking his sip from a glass as opposed to a bottle.
Next time Marco Rubio should drink his water from a glass as opposed to a bottle?would have much less negative impact.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2013
He even reportedly sent the former presidential candidate a “care package” that contained bottles of water labeled “Trump Ice Natural Spring Water.”
It wasn’t long before Rubio himself joined in, gently chiding the president for his “form.”
Similar,but needs work on his form.Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera. But not bad for his 1st time https://t.co/s49JtyRo3S— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 15, 2017