Our newly sworn-in president has been busy during his first two days, signing over a dozen executive orders to reverse some of the worst policies put in place by his predecessor. He’s also done some redecorating of the Oval Office, replacing the curtains with a less gaudy gold version and reportedly removing a conspicuous red button from the Resolute desk.

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According to political commentator Tom Newton Dunn, that button was something Donald Trump installed so that whenever he pressed it, a butler would appear and serve him a Diet Coke on a literal silver platter.

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"President Biden has removed the Diet Coke button," tweeted Dunn. "When @ShippersUnbound and I interviewed Donald Trump in 2019, we became fascinated by what the little red button did. Eventually Trump pressed it, and a butler swiftly brought in a Diet Coke on a silver platter. It's gone now."

One of the things Trump was well-known for, aside from instigating an attempted coup on his behalf, was his affinity for Diet Coke, often drinking 12 cans per day. Having a magic button always within reach to summon a butler with a silver platter is also very on-brand for him.

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The button was first noticed by the news media in April 2017, when reporters asked about it and whether it would drop a nuclear bomb if pressed. Trump seemed to relish in the discomfort this possibility created.

"Everyone does get a little nervous when I press that button," he told The Financial Times’ Demetri Sevastopulo.

Photos of Biden signing the day-one executive orders hours after being sworn in show that the button was already gone. There has been no word on whether the butler still has a job, but many seem to be relieved that the Oval Office is now significantly less absurd.

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"The first bill the dems should pass is making sure no tax dollars can ever be spent again on buttons that summon diet cokes on a silver platter," commented Joel Barkin, "dude really thought he was a monarch."

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*First Published: January 21, 2021, 1:56 pm