Social media users have been poring over Donald Trump’s video published from Walter Reed on Saturday night, after one user suggested that the clip may have been edited to remove a slight cough.
At around one minute five seconds into the four minute clip, the president appears to hiccup slightly. His shoulders rise, and you hear a noise.
While some believe the noise and response were simply Trump stifling a cough or hiccuping, others speculated that it could have been an edit, to remove the splutter.
Those familiar with editing software say that it was reworked with Adobe Premiere, using the ‘morph cut’ tool, which smooths out cuts in footage and is often used to edit out unwanted pauses or stutters.
Chris Evans, host of The Wine Therapy podcast, tweeted to his 59,000 followers: ‘Trump coughed here after the word ‘therapeutics’ and it was edited out using the morph cut feature in @AdobePremiereCC.’
Christopher Orr, a contributing writer for The Atlantic and Forbes, agreed with Evans’ analysis.
‘Clearly a cut here. Hard to imagine any rationale other than persuading the American public that he is healthier than he actually is,’ Orr said.
IT developer Eva Poulsen said: ‘They are not very good at editing, are they? I would think that with their resources they would hire an actual professional to do the job… but then, no professional would want to be remotely linked to this mess show, would they?’
Another said: ‘Good grief! Proof of life / doing well video and they botch it with the edit. WH is run by 8yr olds.’
Television and film editor Tom Costantino questioned whether it was ‘just a hiccup’, or whether it was an editing failure.
‘Hey editorial friends, think someone didn’t click progressive source and feature match on the fluid morph or is that just a hiccup like my dad used to do?’ he asked.
Some questioned why they would even attempt to hide a cough as it is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19.
Trump on Saturday night said he was ‘starting to feel good’ after testing positive for coronavirus, posting a video on Twitter.
Trump added that the treatments he is receiving are ‘miracles from God’ as he said that his wife Melania’s symptoms were not as severe as his own.
‘We’re both doing well,’ Trump said in the four-minute Twitter video.
‘Melania is really handling it very nicely. As you’ve probably read, she’s slightly younger than me, just a little tiny bit,’ he said of his 50-year-old wife.
‘And therefore, we know the disease, we know the situation with age versus younger people and Melania is handling it statistically like it’s supposed to be handled and that makes me very happy, and it makes the country very happy, but I’m also doing well and I think we’re gonna have a very good result again.’