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

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

"And I left Texas, and I left Florida, and I left Louisiana, and I went to Puerto Rico", Trump stated.

A DAY AGO, Trump's Secretary of Energy Rick Perry made a pretty big mistake when he referred to Puerto Rico as a country, when it is in fact a US territory.

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

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. "They've suffered gravely and we'll be there-we're going to be there". The island does have a governor, Kenneth Mapp, whom Trump met with earlier this month.

The Virgin Islands were devastated by Hurricane Maria, which also left nearby Puerto Rico nearly entirely without power. He wrote that both Virgin Island hospitals, school, fire and police stations have been destroyed.

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

While political pundits have claimed that Trump likely did not realize that Puerto Rico was a part of the United States until aides told him, his comments today, while giving a speech at the Values Voter Summit, caught many people off guard. He quickly corrected his mistake, but not before Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) noted the flub and reiterated that citizens of Puerto Rico are also American citizens.

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