In an interview with the Daily Mail, President Donald J. Trump, self-proclaimed “stable genius,” may have shown just how much he knows and understands—or doesn't know and understand—about England and the United Kingdom.
At the end of his visit to the U.K. last week, the President sat down to talk with Piers Morgan about a number of issues, including abortion and his visit with Queen Elizabeth II. At one point, Trump mentioned the “many different names” of England.
Granted, he did get it right that England has several different names, but one that he attributed to the nation shows he may not quite understand the union on that side of the Atlantic.
“You know you have, you have so many different names — Great Britain,” Trump started. Then things went downhill. “You can say ‘England,’ you can say ‘UK,’ you can say ‘United Kingdom.’”
England is a country, Great Britain is the land mass ( Scotland, England and Wales) and UK or United Kingdom refers to all 4 counties (Northern Ireland incase anyone was in doubt of the 4th country). I state this for any person who has no idea how stupid Trump is.— Kim spoors (@Kimspoors1) July 15, 2018
Having read papers written by 9th graders, I can honestly say that if someone turned this in to me, it wouldn't be graded, but returned with a note along the lines of "what does any of this mean?"— Dairyuun (@Dairyuun) July 15, 2018
Much like how you can’t say “America” is another name for "Florida," “United Kingdom” cannot be used interchangeably with "England."
Morgan wasn’t shy about correcting the President, to which Trump replied:
Right, yeah. You know I know, but a lot of people don’t know that. But you have lots of different names.
It's hysterical and sad at the same time when Trump say, "I know but a lot of people don't know." He is always speaking about something that literate people know and he just learned an hour ago (and still doesn't understand). How is this person, who is so ignorant, the president?— Ellen Bartlett (@ellenruth206) July 16, 2018
He is like the autocomplete feature on your phone but you're just holding it down until it makes a paragraph.— Shadistotle (@TheShadedOne) July 15, 2018
To take the name thing a little further, Trump said England was his personal favorite, calling it a "beautiful name."
America has so many names = America, USA, US, United States. A lot of people don't know that!🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄— Time 2 Raise Hell (@dkb1355) July 15, 2018
For a man who doesn't drink alcohol he certainly sounds like a guy on a weekend bender.— Maggie Mae/may not (@MaggieHalowell) July 15, 2018
This wasn’t the first time somebody from the Trump administration failed to understand what the United Kingdom is. Shortly after his meeting with the Queen, Trump flew to Scotland. The official Twitter account for the White House tweeted — and later deleted — that Trump was departing the United Kingdom. As political scientist Brian Klaas points out, flying from England to Scotland is not “departing the U.K.”
The two nations have been in a union since the 18th century.
During his interview with Morgan, Trump touched on a range of topics, including the status of Roe v. Wade. He said, “That’s a 50/50 question in this country,” but also assured Morgan there was a “very good chance” the landmark case on abortion wouldn’t come up, even after his nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, steps in.
Russia's relationship with the United States also came up. Trump said, “I think we could probably get along very well. Somebody said are you friends or enemies? I said well it’s too early to say but right now I say we’re competitors.”
Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom was met with protests, including a 20-foot “Trump Baby” balloon that flew over London. Morgan brought up the issue of the protests, to which Trump replied he felt “unwelcome.”
Maybe the protesters accomplished what they set out to do?
This is a protest taking place in Helsinki, Finland today, where 10s of thousands of citizens take to the streets to show their sheer hatred of @realDonaldTrump.— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) July 15, 2018
It's amazing how much the world hates Donald Trump!
The world is a beautiful place!pic.twitter.com/kwMe8gNdSS
If we have to feel good about at least one thing regarding Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom, we can take solace in knowing he now understands the difference between England and the UK. It took a year and a half, but he finally did it.
OK @realDonaldTrump here’s the primer:— Jeffrey K. Walker (@JkwalkerAuthor) July 15, 2018
1. English are from England.
2. Scots and Welsh are NEVER called English.
3. Great Britain consists of England, Scotland, and Wales. You may call them all British.
4. You’re just too stupid to understand Northern Ireland.#MoronInChief