For all the concern over leaks at the White House, a more pressing problem might be the sinkhole on the North Lawn that appears to be growing by the day.
The pit in the ground, which was first reported by White House correspondents on site this week, appears to have opened just outside the press briefing room and deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley’s office.
Steve Herman, a reporter with Voice of America, tweeted that he first spotted the sinkhole last week. It has since grown, and another sinkhole has opened next to it.
Sinkholes, which have been known to swallow streets, cars and even homes, tend to occur when rainwater seeps into the soil and loosens the sediment enough to send it sinking into crevices beneath the surface.
It was not clear what caused the emergence of the White House sinkholes, but the National Park Service tweeted that the recent spate of rain is likely partially to blame.
“We do not believe it poses any risk to the White House or is representative of a larger problem,” NPS spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles wrote in a statement. “The National Park Service has been monitoring the situation and is bringing in some additional experts to help best determine a remedy.”
On Tuesday afternoon, groundskeepers placed orange cones and caution tape around the spot on the lawn. Later, they covered it up altogether.
But no White House cover-up could keep the Internet at bay.
By midafternoon Tuesday, the sinkhole had its own following self-described as #TeamSinkhole, and of course, its own Twitter account.
This isn’t the first time one of President Trump’s residences has been vexed by a sinkhole.
Exactly one year ago to the day, a sinkhole opened in front of Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
That hole, which was about 4 feet by 4 feet, was much larger than its White House counterpart appears to be. Palm Beach officials blamed the widening ditch on a newly installed water main in the area.
Still, many believed it was a sign of something, well, deeper.