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Trump Uses Red Button On Desk For Unusual Reason (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani

The commander in chief has a red button on his Oval Office desk to use in case the most dire of emergencies should occur: He's run out of soda.

"With the push of a red button placed on the Resolute Desk that presidents have used for decades, a White House butler soon arrived with a Coke for the president," reports The Associated Press.

It's a button that has frightened many visitors who confuse it for another, less innocuous one: the button that could launch a nuclear strike.

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"Everyone does get a little nervous when I press that button," Trump said in an interview with The Financial Times, BuzzFeed News reports.

But for many social media users, news of the button was a source of great amusement.

"Please don't encourage this dude to press red buttons," wrote one BuzzFeed reader in response to an article about it.

"Could we install him a brain-button," quipped one Fox News reader. "He could order a brain whenever he needs one ! That would be brilliant ;)"

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Others were less entertained by the button.

"I feel like he's the kind of guy who likes f***ing up with people by pressing the button, even if he's not thirsty," mused one woman.

Some insinuated the button reflects the wealthy Trump's passion for luxury.

Others thought the button and its function reflected Trump's lack of respect for the Oval Office and the Resolute desk at which he sits.

"Something you never saw during previous administration, soda on the Resolute desk," wrote one CNN reporter on Twitter.

"Zero respect for a historical desk, one that he does not deserve to sit at," chimed in a BuzzFeed reader.

Others defended Trump. Many noted that past presidents -- including former President Barack Obama -- have used the button for a variety of reasons, and had placed drinks on the 19th-century desk that was a gift from England's Queen Victoria.

"This is a classic example of bias in the news," wrote one Fox News reader. "This story has nothing to do with Trump. It is a story about a longstanding method of summoning a butler. Prior to an electronic buzzer, the president used a bell. But the way the story is presented it makes it seem like Trump is capitalizing on the grandeur of the White House for personal use. It isn't until the end that you read that others used the same method. And even then, it is downplayed."

"Why don't you write an article about how this president doesn't touch alcohol!" added another.

Sources: AP, BuzzFeed News, Fox NewsKate Bennett/Twitter / Photo credit: Sean Spicer/Wikimedia Commons, Carlos Barria/Reuters via Buzzfeed News

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