President Donald Trump got off to a rough start on Sunday morning, sending condolences to the people of Sri Lanka over Easter morning blasts that he claimed killed 138 million people.
According to the president, “Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help!”
It should be noted that the population of Sri Lanka was estimated in 2017 to be 21.44 million.
Fifteen minutes after the incorrect tweet, Trump wished the world Happy Easter without deleting or correcting the previous tweet — ten minutes later the incorrect tweet disappeared.
You can see the tweets below (screenshot):
Happy Easter! I have never been happier or more content because your Country is doing so well, with an Economy that is the talk of the World and may be stronger than it has ever been before. Have a great day!# p #7_13 # ad skipped = true #
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019# p #8_13 # ad skipped = true #
A corrected tweet was later posted:
138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!# p #11_13 # ad skipped = true #
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019# p #12_13 # ad skipped = true #