With polls at record lows, Donald Trump imagined himself today as a cowboy or fire fighter

"America First"
"America First"

Facing record low approval numbers, increasing heat over his campaign’s ties to Russia and quite possibly a case of the Mondays, US president Donald Trump took a chance this afternoon to imagine himself in someone else’s shoes.

On July 17, Trump, with vice president Mike Pence in tow, hosted a “Made in America” product showcase part of his administration’s “Made in America Week.” The event was held inside the White House and on the South Lawn, and featured domestic manufacturers showing off their wares, from Caterpillar loaders to Stetson hats and Gibson guitars. Quick, hammy photo ops showed Trump sitting in the driver’s seat of a Pierce fire truck or taking a swing with a Marucci baseball bat.

For a president engulfed in criticism and a stalled legislative agenda, it must be nice to take a few hours to think about what could have been.

Donald Trump, Mike Pence
Trump, looks at a Caterpillar front end loader, made in Illinois. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Donald Trump, Dustin Noblitt
Trying on a Stetson hat. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he holds a baseball bat as he participates in a Made in America product showcase at the White House in Washington
Stepping up to the plate with a baseball bat from Louisiana-based company Marucci. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with business owners as he attends a "Made in America" products showcase at the White House in Washington, U.S.
Trump shakes hands with business owners in front of a display of Marucci guitars. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
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