Why exactly was Donald Trump holding a glowing orb?
‘All hail the orb’: Twitter’s take on the US president’s state tour
US President Donald Trump, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi opening the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: EPA/Saudi Press Agency
US President Donald Trump’s advisor Jared Kushner, President Trump’s assistant Ivanka Trump, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, US President Donald Trump, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, US First Lady Melania Trump and other delegates pose for a group photo at the opening of the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: EPA/Saudi Press Agency
US President Donald Trump, US First lady Melania Trump, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi pose for a group photo during the inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Donald Trump’s whistle stop tour of the Middle East has generated many headlines, but nothing has caught people’s imagination more than a bizarre image of the US president with his hands on a glowing orb.
On Sunday, Donald Trump was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help launch the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology. To officially activate the centre, Mr Trump, King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi all placed their hands on a glowing globe.
Child: do you remember when Trump touched the Orb?— Gödel, Escher, Baka (@jephjacques) May 21, 2017
Me: Yes. None of us realized what it would-
Orb Police: HAIL ORB
Me & child: hail orb
The imagery and symbolism of this was not lost on Twitter.
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