Donald Trump misquoted a famous speech about Pearl Harbour and his wife, Melania got the date of the bombing wrong as the First Family’s commemoration of the anniversary descended rapidly into farce.
The President and First Lady are taking part in a string of events in honour of the anniversary of the 1941 surprise attack on the US Naval base in Hawaii by the Japanese air force.
The strike led directly to the United States’ eventual involvement in the Second World War.
The Trump family marked the day with their usual care and attention to detail.
Here’s what happened.
First Donald got the quote wrong
The President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the US armed forces tweeted: “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – “A day that will live in infamy!” December 7, 1941”
The quote he was going for was from then President Franklin D Roosevelt’s speech, the following day.
Ignoring the exclamation mark in the quote, which we’re pretty sure wasn’t in FDR’s original text, there’s another problem. That’s not the actual quote.
Roosevelt actually declared December 7th, 1941 a “date that will live in infamy.”
It’s a small error, and a frequent misquote. But then, he’s the President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the US armed forces, so…
But hey, at least he got the date right.
Half an hour later, Melania Trump got the date wrong
The First Lady tweeted a picture of her, the President and a Naval officer saluting a monument listing some of the servicemen who died in the bombing.
Alongside the picture, she tweeted: “Today we honor Pearl Harbor Heroes. 11/7/1941.
“Thank you to all military for your courage and sacrifice!”
For those struggling with the US date format, that’s November 7, 1941. A month before Pearl Harbour.
Which means it was either a typo, or raises serious questions about whether Mrs Trump knows how anniversaries work.
Roughly 25 minutes later, Melania tweeted a corrected version of the tweet.