In a speech on Friday, President Trump referred to the U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp, as President of the Virgin Islands. This is a day after Energy Secretary Rick Perry referred to Puerto Rico as a country. Many detractors of the President and his administration have jumped on the bash Trump train to ridicule him because he is, in fact, the President of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Others are questioning if President Trump knows that residents of U.S. territories are United States citizens.
In the official White House transcript, the White House indicated the correction from President to Governor, but no statement from the White House has been issued if the President misspoke or simply was ignorant on the matter.
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Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump accidentally referred to the US Virgin Islands’ governor as their President during a speech Friday — even though he is technically their President.
“We are one nation and we all hurt together, we hope together and we heal together,” he said, later adding, “The Virgin Islands and the President of the Virgin Islands, these are people that are incredible people, they suffered gravely and we’re be there, we’re going to be there, we have really, it is not even a question of a choice.”
In a speech Friday, Trump said he’d recently “met with the president of the Virgin Islands” to discuss the recent hurricanes that have devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the island.
But Trump could not have spoken to the “president of the Virgin Islands” because, of course, he is the president of the U.S. Virgin Islands, whose residents are U.S. citizens.
“It doesn’t serve our purpose to participate in the national hoopla over whether Donald Trump is making competent comments or not. Just look at the documents that govern the relationship [between the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands], and you can determine how relevant or irrelevant, or advised or ill-advised, his comments were. There’s no president of the United States other than the president of the United States,” Topp adds.
Trump botches reference to ‘president’ of Virgin Islands a day after Rick Perry called Puerto Rico a ‘country’ – The Washington Post
Update: And now President Trump has talked about another U.S. territory struck by hurricanes as if it’s a foreign country. He said in a speech at the Values Voters Summit on Friday morning that he met with the “president” of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Trump’s flub comes a day after Rick Perry made a similar error on Puerto Rico.
During a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry mistakenly referred to Puerto Rico as a country while talking about how to repair its energy grid.
Trump says he met with the "president of the Virgin Islands."
*cough* he is the president of the Virgin islands, which is a US territory pic.twitter.com/8MLjqjTGb7
— David Mack (@davidmackau) October 13, 2017
PICTURED: Trump meeting with the President of the Virgin Islands pic.twitter.com/lGgxC6gXp5
— bobby cappucino (@bobbycappucino) October 13, 2017
I want to give President Trump and Energy Sec. Rick Perry the benefit of the doubt as merely having misspoken. People make mistakes, it happens. If you read this article, you will probably find some grammatical error somewhere, and I will probably have to go back and correct that grammatical mistake. It happens, no one is perfect.
I honestly believe when former President Barack Obama said in the 2008 campaign that he had been to 57 states and had one more to go that he misspoke. Having been to 47 states in the continental US and having one more state to go to complete his continental US campaign tour, it is evident that this was a simple gaffe.
The problem that I have with these stories is partisan hacks on both sides use these moments to bash their opponents as incompetent boobs. The fundamental problem with politics and society as a whole is lack of respect for others. We seem to find joy in name calling and ridiculing our opponents.
Now, I find it funny and acceptable to make light-hearted jokes of people’s gaffes. We can laugh at ourselves and other people’s mistakes. Imagine if we didn’t do this in our own lives. I mean, light-hearted jokes about my mistakes and those of my friends are hilarious. If you can’t make fun of your friends, that’s a friendship not worth having.
Politics is a serious game, and the actions take by our leaders have long-lasting consequences. We can vehemently disagree on a host of issues and fight to defeat our opponent’s policies, but we don’t have to engage in personal attack or ridicule them. We can have different views, objects, and goals and fight each other vigorously and at the same time respect each other as fellow Americans and maybe even laugh together as well.