During a White House Halloween event on Monday, which gave children a chance to trick-or-treat at the most famous house in America, President Trump had a bit of an awkward encounter with a kid dressed as a t-rex.
In a video shared by NBC News on Twitter, we see what appears to be a line of excited kids waiting their turn to get a treat from either the President or the First Lady, who exchange pleasantries with the kids, comment on their costumes, and then send them on their merry way with a fancy treat in their bucket.
But standing out from the crowd, head and shoulders above the other kids, is a giant, inflatable T-Rex waiting its turn.
As the dinosaur finally makes its way to Mrs. Trump, she has a normal, mock-scared reaction, as any good treat-giver should.
But then comes the moment when President Trump gets his first look at the dinosaur. And instead of a friendly reaction, he frowns and seems to size up the kid inside, staring directly at the mesh screen where the kid's face is as they walk by.
You can even hear an adult laugh at Trump's odd reaction in the video:
Of course, Twitter couldn't help but meme the encounter:
@NBCNews OH MAN. SOMEBODY CAPTION THIS!!!! #CaptionContest. Winner gets blocked by @POTUS https://t.co/nD0tCLcaTz— Carlos 📰 Bolaños 🗯 (@Carlos 📰 Bolaños 🗯) 1509400874.0
@CarlosVinLeaded @Dimanc59 @NBCNews @POTUS My hands are almost as small as yours @realdonaldtrump.....— Peter W Stocking (@Peter W Stocking) 1509404629.0
Dinosaurs are terrible animals, I like animals that don’t go extinct, their numbers are way down, all bad, I know I… https://t.co/UMOSQOYphO— Steven O'Reilly (@Steven O'Reilly) 1509401574.0
@NBCNews Steve Bannon returns to the White House— Jason Solomon (@Jason Solomon) 1509454101.0
@brianstelter @W7VOA Pea sized brain, tiny hands, lashes out at enemies, and emotionally stunted. Daddy!!— Allen Reihman (@Allen Reihman) 1509491465.0
I can't stop watching this. Melania's reaction "Who is that?" Trump's reaction: "..." https://t.co/96s2RQ7Zp8— Peter Stevenson (@Peter Stevenson) 1509400957.0
Is Trump scared of dinosaurs? Masks? Dinosaur masks? https://t.co/792fX6x7X0— Alastair Reid (@Alastair Reid) 1509450262.0
People had their theories about Trump's reaction:
@PA Maybe that’s what he dreams about, being eaten by a T-Rex— The Flight (@The Flight) 1509461303.0
@NBCNews Maybe because it looked man size he thought it might be FBI agent sneakily serving him an indictment. He t… https://t.co/FYKLSctNAa— Katheleen Mitro Artist (@Katheleen Mitro Artist) 1509462765.0
@PeterWStevenson @Whirledpeas4u4m He's had trouble with guys named Rex.— SecularMonk (@SecularMonk) 1509402965.0
But then someone remembered that it isn't the first time Trump has seen an inflatable T-Rex roaming around D.C.:
Apparently a whole slew of people dressed up in the costumes at the end of August and marched on the Capitol to protest Trump's proposed 2018 budget cuts to national service programs such as the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps:
Dinosaur suit-wearing protesters march on Washington to protest Pres. Trump’s plan to slash the budget for national… https://t.co/mLUmfO4low— ABC News (@ABC News) 1504228658.0
They also protested in front of the White House with signs reading "stop national service extinction:"
Dinosaurs protesting in DC this morning against Trump proposal to cut funding for the National Service @PeaceCorps… https://t.co/tw9nZRd0Za— Harrison Jones (@Harrison Jones) 1504104735.0
So Trump's reaction to the kid's dinosaur costume kind of makes sense in hindsight:
@epicciuto OMC that’s amazing 😹 Makes sense of that dismissive tie-flick too 😹😹😹— 🐱M🐱T🐱C🐱 (@🐱M🐱T🐱C🐱) 1509459965.0
There's only one way things could've been even better:
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