“That’s a mean-looking machine, huh?” Republican President Donald Trump said as student inventors from Victory Christian Center School entered the Oval Office on Friday with their rocket.
The students who met with Trump — all of whom appear to be minorities — are on a rocketry team at the private school in Charlotte, North Carolina, which advanced through the ranks to earn a spot at the Team America Rocketry Challenge national competition over the weekend, the Charlotte Observer reported.
As the rocket sat atop the hallowed Oval Office desk, Trump, of course, couldn't help but admire the name emblazoned on the side: TRUMP.
In gold letters, to boot.
“How did you come up with the name Trump?” the president asked the team gathered behind him.
“Simply because it conquers all,” one student answered, prompting an appreciative handshake from Trump as the rest of the students smiled and laughed.
“They’re never going to put that on television,” Trump said seconds later to more laughter.
The student inventors of the "Trump" rocket competed against 810 teams before advancing to the national competition, the president noted in his remarks, adding that the rocket had to stay in the air for at least 41 seconds and reach an altitude of 775 feet.
Victory Christian Center School has 82 students this year who receive North Carolina Opportunity Scholarships, which help pay tuition for low- to moderate-income families who move their children from public to private schools, the Observer reported.
“I’ll make you a deal, if you win, come on back and we’ll celebrate,” Trump told the team.
It was not to be, however. The winning team was from Festus High School in Missouri. It isn't clear where the team from Victory Christian Center School landed in the final tally, but they weren't among the top 25 finishers.