How do we know that? Well, he got the prime minister’s name wrong, of course.
“Yesterday,” Sean Spicer started off his now infamous account of the affairs, “the president … had an incredibly productive set of meetings and discussions with Prime Minister Joe Trudeau of Canada.”
Wait a minute. Did he just say 'Joe?'
Perhaps he had former Vice President Joe Biden in mind.
Watch the blunder below:
Whatever the case might be, Spicer mistakenly called Trudeau “Joe,” but his first name is Justin — everybody knows that. The faux pas wasn’t ignored, causing an uproar on social media.
Sean Spicer just now: "Yesterday the president had an incredibly productive set of meetings and discussions with PM Joe Trudeau of Canada."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 14, 2017
Sean Spicer did not call Justin Trudeau “Joe Trudeau.” He stumbled on “Justin" and it came out as “J-uh-Trudeau.”— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) February 14, 2017
Joe Trudeau. I remember his father and former primer minister Paul Tradeau. https://t.co/WQ0Nz7D4Kq— William Chyr (@WilliamChyr) February 14, 2017
Many speculated over the mistake, claiming simply that Spicer had been overwhelmed with the first part of his presser, which he dedicated to discussing Michael Flynn. The now-former national security adviser to Trump resigned after having one too many words with Russian officials prior to the election, making the first portion of the presser a tense one.
After the grilling, Spicer moved on to Trudeau’s visit.
Both leaders, Spicer added, focused “on our shared commitment to close co-operation in addressing both the challenges facing our two countries and the problems throughout the world.” After all, the press secretary continued, both “countries share a profound economic interest, with more than $2 billion in two-way trade flowing across our border every day.”
This is the second time Trump’s press secretary made odd remarks regarding Canada. In January, following the tragic and deadly Quebec mosque attack, Spicer used the event to justify Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. Quite odd, right?
Over the short period since Trump took office, his team has been associated with a series of gaffes, but nothing as nonsensical as calling Trudeau “Joe.” Perhaps that’s why everyone is having such a great time pointing it out.
We can only hope future blunders won’t ever impact the relationship between the United States and other nations.