Former White House photographer Pete Souza mocked President Trump over his now-viral handwritten notes about the impeachment inquiry, highlighting the contrast between Trump’s notes with a picture of past notes by former President Obama.
Souza took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a close-up image of handwritten notes Trump used while speaking to reporters about the public impeachment hearings.
“I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zellinsky [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky] to do the right thing,” the page reads in thick black marker.
Souza then shared a second image in the post of a photograph he snapped of notes Obama made while in office, showing Obama holding a yellow booklet of pages filled with nearly 40 lines of notes written in small print.
Souza thanked Getty Images photographer Mark Wilson, who captured the viral image of Trump’s notes, for taking a “great storytelling image.”
“Great storytelling image by Mark Wilson of Getty Images showing comrade minus’s handwritten remarks today,” Souza wrote in the post’s caption. “Swipe to see an almost identical image I made of President Obama a few years ago.”
Earlier this week, Souza slammed White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham after she accused Obama officials of leaving “you will fail” notes behind in the White House for Trump aides.
Souza shared a photo of Obama leaving a note in the Oval Office for Trump and first lady Melania Trump, which read: “Michelle [Obama] and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways we can. Good luck and Godspeed…”
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Current White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham claims Obama officials left “you will fail” notes in offices for Trump aides. Here’s President Obama leaving a note in the Resolute Desk for his successor. He concluded his note with these words: “Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways we can. Good luck and Godspeed…"