President Donald Trump slurred his words during his speech about Jerusalem on Dec. 6, prompting some social media users to wonder if the president is sick, wearing dentures or abusing drugs (video below).
Trump's speech from the White House announcing that America would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparked backlash for different reasons. While many world leaders worried how the policy change would affect relations between Palestinians and Israelis, some social media users were concerned with the president's delivery of the speech, the Daily Mail reported.
Trump appeared to slur his words a few times toward the end of his speech, prompting some Twitter users to wonder if the president was either having a stroke, or on drugs.
"If you can make it through this whole video, you have a stronger stomach than I do," wrote one user. "Is Trump using again? My mouth used to get dry like this when I was on drugs. Is he having a stroke?"
"Something definitely happened to Trump during the last section of his Jerusalem remarks," wrote another. "His speech is definitely slurred, especially on 'United States' and he couldn't quite control his mouth. Looks stroke-ish, but could be, I (don't know), dental?"
"I noticed that too. Seemed dental, not at all like a stroke," responded another user. "I texted my friend and said it seems like he has dentures or something."
The Daily Mail reached out to a Virginia dentist to ask for his opinion of the video. The dentist said the slur in Trump's speech could possibly be attributed to a "loose denture plate."
"Saliva can get trapped between an upper plate and the palate -- or between the lower plate and the lower jaw -- and that's what makes the noise," the dentist said, adding that it's "a bit like what you get when you try to talk after you lose a filling."
"You don't want a lot of air rushing through your mouth when you have a loose plate," the dentist explained. He wished not to have his name revealed.
"The last thing I need is for half my patients to get the wrong idea," the dentist said.
The White House had a much simpler explanation for Trump's slurred speech.
“His throat was dry. There’s nothing to it,” spokesman Raj Shah told the Los Angeles Times.
“I know what you’re getting at," Shah responded when asked if the lisp could be an indicator of health issues for the president. "I’m saying there’s nothing to it.”