President Donald Trump referred to the governor of the United States Virgin Islands as “president,” even though he is the president of the group of islands.
During a speech in Washington on Friday, Trump told the audience that he had recently “met with the president of the Virgin Islands.”
Trump appeared to be referring to US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp, with whom he met in early October.
“We are one nation and we all hurt together, we hope together and we heal together,” he said while talking about the recent hurricanes that have hit the island as well as Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
“The Virgin Islands and the President of the Virgin Islands, these are people that are incredible people, they suffered gravely and we’re be there, we’re going to be there, we have really, it is not even a question of a choice,” Trump added.
The White House refused to a comment on Trump’s remarks, but in the official White House transcript, Trump’s reference to Mapp was corrected to governor.
Trump’s latest gaffe has raised a question that whether he knows about the relationship between the United States and the group of islands located in the Caribbean, whose residents are American citizens.
When asked to comment on Trump’s gaffe, deputy communications director for Governor Mapp, Sam Topp, told Newsweek that he would not involve the governor in any national dispute.
“I would not want to in any way involve the governor of the Virgin Islands in any national dispute in the media about what the president knows about the relationship between the United States and the US Virgin Islands,” Topp said.
“There’s no president of the United States other than the president of the United States,” he added.
Trump has previously revealed that he does not even know where Puerto Rico is located. Speaking to reporters about the devastating hurricane that hit Puerto Rico, he described it as “an island sitting in the middle of an ocean — and it’s a big ocean, a really, really big ocean.”
The island of Puerto Rico, however, is located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, not in the “middle of” the ocean.