President Donald Trump appears to have made a massive mistake at a press conference today by implying that Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom during his UK state visit.
President of the United States Donald J Trump was asked about Brexit and the potential for protests regarding his visit during this emergency press conference, which was when he made the alleged monumental error.
Trump stated: “I believe that the people in the UK - Scotland, Ireland, as you know I have property in Ireland, I have property all over - I think that those people they like me a lot and they agree with me on immigration.”
The President is known for often stringing his words together in a stream of consciousness type manner, but this was misconstrued by many as a claim of UK ownership over the whole island of Ireland.
This, of course, is awkward timing for neglecting Ireland’s sovereignty considering that it is the 12th of July, an infamous loyalist holiday known for its triumphalist demeanor over the Irish.
Trump was in front of reporters for this briefing in order to address the protests going on in response to his trip, which brought about his reassurance that people in the UK, including the Republic of Ireland, really liked him.
As one would expect, Irish people were furious that Trump had a perceived lack of understanding for the geo-political situation in Ireland, hence many took to social media to vent their frustration.
In terms of Brexit, Trump was not keen on commenting on his position on a hard or soft exit, instead opting that “It’s not for me to say.”
It could very well have been a misinterpretation of what he was saying on the part of Irish commentators, but one cannot be sure as to what he was intending when he made those remarks.
@realDonaldTrump when you're president of a super power and don't know basic geography. Ireland is Not part of the "uk" ??— Van1llaGorilla (@MartinjKeane) July 12, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump just included Ireland in the UK. So like David Davis he has no idea that the Republic of Ireland is an independent country. All these small EU countries: how can a Big Picture guy like Trump keep up?— Gerry Hassan (@GerryHassan) July 12, 2018
Who wants to tell Donald Trump that Ireland is not part of the UK?
"I believe that the people in the UK - Scotland, Ireland, as you know I have property in Ireland, I have property all over - I think that those people they like me a lot and they agree with me on immigration."— Henry Mance (@henrymance) July 12, 2018