By Chris Geidner-HarrisonIn the aftermath of the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, which claimed the lives of 14 people, Donald Trump used his Twitter account to offer his thoughts.
He also posted an image of himself holding up a copy of his favorite book, “Hilariously Stupid.”
But the president of the United States of America had an entirely different take on the incident.
On Tuesday morning, the president posted the following tweet.
This morning I signed the #HilariusStupidPassportAct to allow me to travel to Taiwan.
We should be able to meet at a border crossing at any time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2015When the tweet was posted on Twitter, the White House was unable to verify the authenticity of the image, but the president’s Twitter feed quickly came under attack from Chinese spies.
While the White Houses official account denied that it had been hacked, the New York Times reported that China had indeed hacked the account and was apparently sending the stolen data to a Chinese company.
The tweet, which was accompanied by a picture of Trump with a photo of himself and a note saying “It’s just a joke, I’m a genius,” went viral, and now has garnered over 1 million retweets.
The message was not the first time the president had tweeted with an image from a book.
He had posted a photograph of himself reading a chapter of his novel “Huckleberry Finn” on Twitter on February 10, the same day he announced the border-crossing plan.
That tweet came just days after he was photographed reading a poem from “The Sun Also Rises,” a story about a Confederate general named John Wilkes Booth, while reading a book from his collection “Gone With the Wind.”
After the president was photographed with the book, the caption read, “It was just a pic.”
A spokesperson for the White house did not immediately respond to a request for comment.