Trump tweeted a picture of himself ready to sign a bill, but Twitter users pointed out that the page seemed blank

Business Insider | Dec 24, 2018, 09.08PM IST

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Donald Trump signing bills the day before the government shutdown.

  • On Friday night, the President tweeted out a picture of him and a stack of folders, presumably stocked with bills, ready for him to sign. 
  • "Some of the many Bills that I am signing in the Oval Office right now," the president said, before criticizing the Democrats for failing to "help protect America's Southern Border!" 
  • When the tweet was posted, Twitter users were quick to point out that the bill on the president's desk seemed blank. 

It was the night before the third government shutdown of the year, when all through the House, not a Democrat was stirring, not willing to budge. 

So President Donald Trump took to Twitter and criticized them for blocking his efforts to secure $5 billion for a border wall. He did so while saying he cancelled his winter getaway to Mar-a-Lago (where he was expected to be for 16 days) and by posing next to a large pile of bills that he was set on signing, starting with the one sitting on his desk. 

Twitter users were quick to note, however, that that bill seemed blank. 

Other users pointed out that the number of bills on the desk didn't match the number of laws passed by the president that day which, according to govtrack.us, was two. No more bills have been signed since December 21, date of the tweet. 

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Zooming in on the picture, it is hard to tell whether the bill is actually blank due to the image's light conditions. 

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Close-up of Trump's picture

Here, in a picture from January 2017, Trump similarly signs bills on his desk, under similar light conditions. Some text is visible in the image. 



Trump signs an executive order in 2017.

President Trump didn't react to the criticism online and instead wished Ruth Bader Ginsburg a speedy recovery and doubled down on his claim that the only thing that will stop migrants from Latin America from reaching the United States is "great border security, with a wall, or a slat fence, or whatever you want to call it." 

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