White House attributes Trump’s slurred speech to ‘dry throat’

The White House has attributed President Donald Trump’s slurred speech to a dry throat, notes the Los Angeles Times.

His enunciation trouble came at the end of his Wednesday announcement that the U.S. intends to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and will be moving its embassy there. 

While making his closing remarks, he appeared to slur his speech, drawing out the first s in United States.

“His throat was dry. There’s nothing to it,” Raj Shah, a White House spokesperson, said.

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US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 6: President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 6: President Donald Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence by his side, speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 6: President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 6: President Donald Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence by his side, signs an executive order to declare formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a statement in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks alongside US Vice President Mike Pence (L) about the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 6, 2017. President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital -- a historic decision that overturns decades of US policy and risks triggering a fresh spasm of violence in the Middle East. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump holds up a signed memorandum after he delivered a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017. President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital -- a historic decision that overturns decades of US policy and risks triggering a fresh spasm of violence in the Middle East.'I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,' Trump said from the White House.'It's the right thing to do.' / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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In the moments following the president’s trouble speaking, Twitter was flooded with messages of concern, both real and feigned in the service of sarcasm. 

Aaron Rupar of ThinkProgress wrote, “Trump could barely articulate words by the end of his speech. Sad,” and, “Trump is struggling through a rough case of dry-mouth yet again.” 

“Worth listening to the end of that Trump thing again…got a bit angry, belligerent and even slurred speech,” journalist Allen McDuffee tweeted. “Something wasn’t right.” 

Mia Farrow joined the conversation, asking, “Why is Trump slurring his speech?” 

See how people reacted to the news: 

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U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by ?Vice President Mike Pence?, delivers remarks recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Trump sounds strange, especially near the end, he seems to slur Is @POTUS "medicated" ?! Anyone else hear it? https://t.co/a7P1dycdNc
OK, what narcotics is Trump on to make him slur so much? https://t.co/6M4FsEynXF
Dry mouth makes a sticky sound it does not cause words to slur like this. Something is wrong and Trump needs to be… https://t.co/40YuYEfRS2
@bobbyfinger First time in history a Trump slur wasn't racial.
@realDonaldTrump yo, did I just watch you say "Gow bless the unitah shtashs" trump slurring #trumpslur
Listen to Trump slur his words. It's stunning! Is he on tranquilizers? Illegal drugs? https://t.co/qSLTn2ZQyb
Ok before I start on my current feelings, did anyone else hear that massive slur at the end of Trump's speech?? He… https://t.co/kfHf0c0CST
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