This week, President Donald Trump announced that he “never knew there were so many countries,” while on a trip to Asia. It prompted the co-hosts of “The View” to string together all of the things Trump has admitted he didn’t know before becoming president.
“Well, there are only two countries he knew about: The U.S. and Russia,” co-host Joy Behar quipped.
“Why would he say, ‘who knew?'” Goldberg wondered. “Well, I think, probably, every, single, other person before you knew there were more countries than just two.”
The co-host explained that it wasn’t the first time Trump was surprised about something he didn’t know.
“Nobody knew that healthcare could be so hard,” Trump said as he attempted to both repeal and replace Obamacare.
“The governor of Puerto Rico is so thankful for the great job we’re doing,” Trump said after Hurricane Maria struck the island. “And it’s the most difficult job because it’s on an island in the middle of the ocean.”
He later went on that the ocean is a “big ocean.”
“Lincoln signed the law that built the first transcontinental railroad … most people don’t even know he was a Republican, right? Does anyone know?” Trump asked the audience in another speech.
Republican commentator Meghan McCain said that the statement about former President Abraham Lincoln was what “kills me because I personally have a pearl necklace with Abraham Lincoln’s face on it. He is a Republican. The ultimate Republican icon.”
Co-host Sara Haines would prefer if Trump would keep such special insights behind closed doors.
Watch the supercut and the discussion below:
In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest
Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.
"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.
The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.
People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings
The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.
So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.
Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.
"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.
Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump
There’s something interesting in today’s news:
A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.