The White House on Monday sent out an email announcing the president’s new executive order addressing “the situation in Venezuela”—but confused the Latin American country with the United States.
“Executive Order on Taking Additional Steps to Address the Situation in America,” the email’s subject line reads. The body of the email, which was circulated by journalists on Twitter via screenshot, showed the EO with its actual aim.
The White House is taking steps to “address the situation in America….” pic.twitter.com/o9qBri0JOx
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) March 19, 2018
Soon after the revelation of the White House press office’s typo, Twitter reveled in their mistake.
CQ Roll Call’s Gopal Ratnam declared his relief that it was a typo rather than the president declaring martial law.
INBOX from @WhiteHouse with headline: Executive Order on Taking Additional Steps to Address the Situation in America.
So I click to see if @POTUS has declared martial law…and I find to my relief it's about Venezuela.
— Gopal Ratnam (@g_ratnam) March 19, 2018
Canadian tech journalist Bryson Masse, meanwhile, noted how “Freudian” the gaffe appeared.
Check out more responses below:
Although there is clearly a Situation in America. https://t.co/pk0YBUfdDG
— Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) March 19, 2018
Oh my word, they are so very bad at everything. https://t.co/yFlm4F3dsm
— Dan Entwistletoe and Wine (@Garcian_Smith) March 19, 2018
Either the White House still has no copy editor or this is the best Freudian slip ever. https://t.co/eS8Zyi2hVr
— Andrea (@alynneadams) March 19, 2018
Latest White House typo, but my favorite is still a reference to the Israeli-Palestinian "peach process" https://t.co/SuTZ7gFiMX
— Matthew Levitt (@Levitt_Matt) March 19, 2018
My interns would be better running the country. https://t.co/S7smjQJA9Y
— Cipher (@snarkylicious) March 19, 2018
Do they mean the Jersey Shore guy? OK, I can get behind that. https://t.co/LLHdbgZgSB
— Mark D. White (@profmdwhite) March 19, 2018
Two data points today:
White House press release line: "Taking additional steps to address the situation in America."
NYT push alert: "Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President"
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) March 19, 2018
The Trump White House cannot even type correctly. This is called an Exec Order on “the situation in America.” So I opened it thinking “what kinda ‘situation’ is he talking about?” Turns out its an EO about Venezuela. Trump hasn’t yet succeeded in turning America into Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/sHDfTOcfqf
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) March 19, 2018
Reminder from the White House to always look at the subject line before sending an e-mail: "Executive Order on Taking Additional Steps to Address the Situation in America" pic.twitter.com/kKXYKLlyll
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) March 19, 2018