While in the Oval Office with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, President Donald Trump appeared pat himself on the back for building the Panama Canal.
“The Panama Canal is doing quite well. I think we did a good job building it,” Trump said.
The United States got permission from Panama in 1904 to build the Canal and former President Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty and Neutrality Treaty, which gave control back to the Panamanians in 2000.
Understandably, Twitter lit up with attacks on Trump for taking credit:
@kylegriffin1 Am sure Frederick Douglass would agree.— S.J. Kamath (@S.J. Kamath) 1497888109.0
@CNN Probably wants to build a trump hotel in Panama if he hasn't already.— S Laflamme (@S Laflamme) 1497888935.0
The Canal is the only thing #Trump knows about Panama and yet, he doesn't know the history of it! https://t.co/Fv1T9K6jEJ— M Chandler (@M Chandler) 1497888915.0
Looks like trump just learned about the Panama Canal. https://t.co/Z66K7SJi1v— BertSaysWoof (@BertSaysWoof) 1497888907.0
Precious Liberals Trump Speaks For AMERICANS both past and present. STOP reaching for stupid shit.. k? Makes u look… https://t.co/Zc5cxCcg9B— TrumpsSilentMajority (@TrumpsSilentMajority) 1497889161.0
@petersagal @davidfrum Trump knows less about Panama than David Lee Roth does.— Dev Bamlanivimab (@Dev Bamlanivimab) 1497889120.0
How many Trump voters would believe that he was responsible for the Panama Canal? https://t.co/tEEn3PeDUU— FULL-FLEDGED GRINCH (@FULL-FLEDGED GRINCH) 1497889178.0
@davidfrum Trump, "the Panama Canal is doing quite well." The man is a total moron...He wasn't trying to be funny... ENOUGH!— ⭐️ Merrill - sheltering at home ⭐️ (@⭐️ Merrill - sheltering at home ⭐️) 1497889236.0
@kylegriffin1 Perhaps Trump should have recited its #palindrome: A man, a plan, a canal, Panama— Tempus Fugit 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@Tempus Fugit 🇺🇸🏳️🌈) 1497889287.0
@kylegriffin1 OMG didn't like George Bush,but in comparison to TRUMP Bush looks like a GENIUS.!— Linda Rothwell. #GlovesOff (@Linda Rothwell. #GlovesOff) 1497888215.0
@kylegriffin1 Tune in for #seanspicer demonstration of how Trump really DID help build the Panama Canal. https://t.co/zRCYKUt1XH— Lisa The Proud Democrat 💙 (@Lisa The Proud Democrat 💙) 1497888625.0
@kylegriffin1 Who knew canal building could be so hard?— 𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗 (@𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗) 1497888524.0
@kylegriffin1 "Fredrick Douglas worked on the Panama Canal - nobody knows this."— REDACTED Human Scum/hand washer/mask wearer (@REDACTED Human Scum/hand washer/mask wearer) 1497889541.0
@kylegriffin1 The Panamanian president appears to be trying to go to his "happy place" until this ends. Good job with the handshake, tho.— Cathy P (@Cathy P) 1497888780.0