What's In A Name? Spicer Mistakes Justin Trudeau For 'Joe'

During a press conference, White House press secretary Sean Spicer got the Canadian prime minister's name wrong. It's yet another gaffe for his collection.

During a press conference following the Canadian prime minister’s visit to the United States, President Donald Trump’s press secretary seemed a bit overwhelmed.

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.


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.

Banner and thumbnail image credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque / REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

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