- Trump advisor Stephen Miller tweeted a photo of himself and Trump in Trump’s new office Monday.
- Eagle-eyed observers noticed what looked like a glass Diet Coke bottle hidden on Trump’s desk.
- Days earlier Trump told his supporters to boycott Coca-Cola for opposing Georgia’s new voting laws.
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Donald Trump is back on Twitter. Well, sort of.
The former president made a guest appearance on Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller’s Twitter Monday in a photo of the two taken in Trump’s new Mar-a-Lago office.
—Stephen Miller (@StephenM) April 5, 2021
The long-time Trump advisor offered Twitter users a glimpse into the Trump’s new working conditions since he took up residence in the South Florida club after leaving office in January.
But eagle-eyed inspectors were quick to notice a poorly-concealed taboo on Trump’s desk.
Just behind a telephone on the desk, a glass bottle of what appears to be the former president’s well-known favorite soda, Diet Coke, can be seen partially open and apparently drunk from.
—S.V. Dáte (@svdate) April 5, 2021
The not-quite out-of-sight soda bottle is particularly notable in light of Trump’s recent calls to boycott Coca-Cola products made just a few days before the picture seems to have been taken.
On Saturday, Trump released a statement calling on Republicans and conservatives to “fight back” against “WOKE CANCEL CULTURE,” by boycotting companies like Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan, Chase, UPS, and more who have all protested Georgia’s restrictive new voting law.
—Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) April 5, 2021
Early in his presidency, a New York Times profile revealed Trump drank roughly 12 Diet Cokes each day and even summoned housekeeping staff to bring him a can of his favorite soda via a button on his desk.
A close inspection of Miller’s photo also revealed a pair of reading glasses resting on Trump’s new desk — a departure from the man who very rarely allowed himself to be seen wearing glasses. In 2019, The New York Times reported that Trump disliked tweeting in front of other people because he needs reading glasses to see his iPhone screen. Instead, Trump preferred to dictate his tweets to then-White House social-media director, Dan Scavino.
—Sam Stein (@samstein) April 5, 2021
No word on how or when Trump dons the glasses since he’s been permanently removed from Twitter.
Miller’s photo also highlights a telling piece of artwork in Trump’s office. In the corner of the room, overlooking the former president’s desk hangs a framed picture of Mount Rushmore.
—KareBearScare (@KareBearScare) April 5, 2021
According to The New York Times, in 2019, a White House aide asked the office of South Dakota’s governor, Kristi Noem, how to add more presidents to Mount Rushmore. Noem said during her first meeting with Trump in the oval office she invited him to come to South Dakota sometime, boasting of Mount Rushmore. He reportedly replied: “Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?”
In the corner of the photo, sitting atop a side table and partially blocked by Miller, stands a miniature statue of what appears to be Trump himself; a tangible ode to a self-admittedly, self-involved president.
—Elias Makos (@eliasmakos) April 5, 2021