Speaking during a live call to two astronauts, Jessica Meir and Christina Koch who were at the International Space Station, Trump ranked to congratulate them for being the first two female astronauts to walk in space. Surrounded by officials and his daughter, Ivanka, Mr Trump said: "We're thrilled to be talking live with two locks American astronauts who are making history joining us during their spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
" And this is the the first time for a woman outside the space station. ”
However, one of the astronauts corrected the President and stated they were not the first females to walk in space but rather that it was“ the first time that there were two women outside ”at the same time.
As Ms Meir corrected the President, Trump scratched his forehead with his middle finger, which some on Twitter labeled him swearing.
One user wrote:“ He gives them the middle finger after they correct his erroneous remark. How presidential. ”
Another commented:“ Was Trump giving his finger as she corrected him? ”
Quickly, some users insisted that the President was swearing at whoever played him the incorrect information.
One user wrote : "Even better, he immediately looked to his right, then scratched his head with his middle finger.
" As if to say, you gave me the wrong information. "
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One user wrote: “I love the pause and Donald's reaction.”
Ms Meir and Christina Koch became the first all-female crew to walk out into space without a
The US's first female spacewalker, Kathy Sullivan, also praised the increased participation of women in space travel.
Last week, Ms. Sullivan told reporters : “We've got qualified women running the control, running space centers, commanding the station, commanding spaceships and doing spacewalks.
"And now, naked, gee whiz, every now and then there's more than one woman in the same place."
spacewalker, also revealed her hope that such an event would eventually become normalized.
NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine who watched the event from the space agency's headquarters in Virginia and was present with Trump, also labeled the couple an inspiration for what they had
He said: "We have the right people doing the right job at the right time.
" They are the inspiration for people all over the world including me.
"And we are very excited to get this mission underway. ”