I swear to you I’m not making this up.
The official line from the White House, as with other matters surrounding the president’s physical health and appearance, is that Mr. Trump’s glow is the result of “good genes,” according to a senior administration official who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.
And, O.K., a little powder — a translucent one, not a bronzer — which the president applies himself before television appearances, the official said.
But mysteries abound. One persistent question: Does Mr. Trump use a tanning bed, as a talkative makeup artist said in 2016 and Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former aide, claimed in a tell-all book? (Ms. Manigault Newman wrote that an usher was fired for mishandling transport of the contraption.)
The NYT story includes a lot more speculation. Does he use a spray-tan booth? Self-tanning creams?
And what “good genes” could possibly contribute to this preternatural hue? Are these the same “good genes” Monsanto uses to genetically engineer golden rice?
Or did he accidentally get caught in Seth Brundle’s teleporter with an orangutan?
We’ll probably never know for sure. But “good genes”? I think we can safely dismiss that one.
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