While most Americans continues to focus their attention on the tragedy unfolding in Houston, President Donald Trump was back in the nation’s capital embarrassing himself in front of another world leader. This time, it was the President of Finland who had the honor of standing at a podium next to Trump in front of the cameras while Trump spewed out non-sense and completely misrepresented the substance of the meetings the two had.
The Finnish President kept his cool during the press conference, but let his frustration at the slight be known soon afterwards.
At issue is an arms deal Finland’s government is currently negotiating with the United States. President Trump touted the deal at the joint press conference, saying, “One of the things that is happening is you’re purchasing large amounts of our great F-18 aircraft from Boeing and it’s one of the great planes, the great fighter jets.”
Sounds great, right? The only problem is, Trump has the details of those negotiations completely wrong. According to the Associated Press, the Nordic NATO nation is looking to spend up to $10 Billion to replace its current 60-plane fleet of F/A 18 jets by 2025, but there are no firm orders with Boeing or any other defense contractor for that matter.
More from AP:
Niinisto, who was standing next to Trump, looked surprised but did not follow up on the comment. He later denied the deal with Boeing on his Twitter account and on Tuesday in Washington.
Uutinen f-18 hävittäjien ostamisesta on ankka.
— Sauli Niinistö (@niinisto) August 28, 2017
The literal translation of the original Finnish is, “The news about F-18 fighters is a duck.” President Niinisto expanded on that tweet with Finnish reporters today, saying, “It seems that on the sale side, past decisions and hopes about future decisions have mixed,” Niinisto told Finnish reporters.
The Finnish government will be accepting bids from American and European defense contractors next year, and isn’t expected to make a firm order until 2020 at the earliest, according to AP.
But those details never stopped our Bragger in Chief before, so why would we expect him to start now?
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.