Trump in a bathrobe images flood Twitter after claims president ‘doesn’t wear one’
New York Times reported Trump spent considerable time ‘watching TV in his bathrobe’
Photographs of Donald Trump wearing a bathrobe have been shared on social media in response to his press secretary’s assertion he “definitely doesn’t wear one”.
An article published in the New York Times on Sunday painted an unsettling picture of life in the White House, with aides unable to locate light switches being forced to meet in the dark, visitors being left to find their own way out of the building after meetings and a “darkened, mostly empty West Wing”.
The president, it was reported, spent considerable time “watching television in his bathrobe” and marking up negative news reports with a black Sharpie.
Mr Trump also tweeted that the report by the “failing” newspaper was “total fiction”.
The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
Sean Spicer: "I don't think the president owns a bathrobe."— Casey Clemmons (@Casey_Clemmons) February 6, 2017
Anyone with internet access: pic.twitter.com/SNZBoG0Zcn
Donald Trump would never wear a bathrobe. pic.twitter.com/uGo1unhwE6— John Aravosis (@aravosis) February 7, 2017
They are showing photos of trump in a bathrobe in response to spicer's claim and I'm losing it pic.twitter.com/zFNtwlzhwL— meliss-uh (@peterson_m) February 7, 2017
OMG NO MORE PHOTOS OF TRUMP IN A BATHROBE!— Katie Jacobs Stanton (@KatieS) February 6, 2017
.@seanspicer Trump has hotels. Each room has a bathrobe. There's probably a warehouse full of bathrobes. He definitely has a bathrobe.— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) February 6, 2017
Mr Spicer took particular issue with the bathrobe report, which he said was “literally the epitome of fake news”.
“I don’t think the president owns a bathrobe,” he said. “He definitely doesn’t wear one.”
Some on social media wondered about the basis for Mr Spicer’s assertion.
The press secretary’s priorities were also called into question, given that the Times had also reported that Mr Trump was not fully briefed on the specifics of an executive order he signed granting his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, a seat on the National Security Council.
But Mr Spicer’s statement that the president “definitely” did not wear a bathrobe was called into question when old photographs of Trump rugged up in towelling and terry cloth were circulated on social media.
That a hotel magnate would not have a bathrobe struck some as unlikely.
In July last year, the television personality Mike Rowe auctioned off a robefrom Trump Tower that had been autographed by the now-president.
Many more expressed displeasure at seeing dated pictures of Mr Trump donning a robe.