Donald Trump provided a moment of light relief on his trip to Japan after social media users highlighted his unsubtle fish feeding technique.
The US president followed the lead of Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe as they fed koi fish at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo.
They began by gently spooning some pellets for the fish, but finished the feeding frenzy abruptly by dumping the remaining contents of their boxes into the lake below.
Mr Trump unceremoniously turned his box upside down and appeared to make a sound effect as the food hit the water.
His Japanese host raised a smile after their encounter on the palace balcony, as Rex Tillerson and a woman dressed in a kimono watched on.
Donald Trump feeds some fish
Donald Trump feeds some fish CREDIT: AP
The fish feeding photo opportunity was a taking point on social media, however one use pointed out: “Not to spoil everyone’s fun but Trump followed Abe’s lead in pouring his fish food into the pond.”
Another wrote: “Trump refuses to feed the fish properly until Japanese automakers start making their cars in the US.”
“The act of feeding koi is supposed to be zen, meditative and contemplative. TRUMP: Sssswwooooossshhhh!” tweeted another.
During his trip, Mr Trump declared North Korea was “a threat to the civilised world,” and stressed a strong relationship with Japan.
“Some people say my rhetoric is very strong but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric in last 25 years,” he said.
US president Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe