Donald Trump 'pictured next to Darth Vader' on Air Force One

Barney Henderson
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Some called it a "dark omen" and "beyond iconic", while others took simple delight at the unfortunate juxtaposition when Donald Trump was "pictured next to" Darth Vader on board Air Force One.

The US president came to speak to reporters on the presidential plane while they were watching the Star Wars film, Rogue One. 

As Mr Trump answered questions in the cabin, the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Forces appeared on screen.

President Donald Trump points to a reporter as he meets reporters on Air Force One Credit: AP

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon as Mr Trump traveled to his Mar-a-Lago resort for a meeting with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president.

The US president was discussing the Syria crisis amid reports he is being briefed by officials on military options to intervene in the six-year civil war.

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on Air Force One Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

“Reporters forgot to turn off Star Wars: Rogue One before @POTUS came back to visit the press cabin,” ABC reporter Alex Mallin tweeted.

Sean Spicer, Mr Trump's press secretary, was photographed during a Stormtroopers scene.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks with reporters on Air Force One Credit: AP

The photographs delighted social media users: