Trump says he spoke to Virgin Islands' 'president' -- which is him

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

Last month, President Donald Trump seemed to forget that his wife was standing right next to him during a visit to Fort Myers, Florida to meet with victims of Hurricane Irma.

"Can't wait for the summit between Trump's President of the Virgin Islands & Rick Perry's President of Puerto Rico", he wrote.

President Trump made a rare understatement about the size of his portfolio Friday, when he said during a press conference that he had "met with the president of the Virgin Islands" on a trip to discuss recent hurricane damage.

Of course, the person Trump was most likely referring to was Kenneth Mapp, the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, who he met with 10 days ago.

Trump thinks he is meeting with the leader of a foreign country when he talks to a governor of a U.S. territory. These are people that are incredible people, they've suffered greatly.


"Just look at the documents that govern the relationship [between the United States and the US Virgin Islands], and you can determine how relevant or irrelevant, or advised or ill-advised, his comments were".

Trump's reference to Mapp as president was corrected to "governor" in the official White House transcript released after the speech.

Did Trump think he met with a foreign leader at that time?

Obviously, people enjoyed Trump's mistake.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry suffered a similar gaffe on Thursday when he mistakenly referred to Puerto Rico, a US territory, as a country during a House Energy and Commerce hearing. He also did not seem to know where Puerto Rico is, describing it to reporters as "an island sitting in the middle of an ocean - and it's a big ocean, a really, really big ocean".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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