President Donald Trump on Friday drew widespread ridicule for a misspelled tweet in which he labeled himself America’s “Cheif (sic) Hostage Negotiator.”
The president began his tweet by quoting an unnamed conservative pundit who was apparently defending the president’s decision to tell North Korea that he would pay them $2 million in exchange for their medical “treatment” of the late Otto Warmbier, who was returned from North Korea in a grave state and who died just days after being sent back to the United States.
Even though Trump agreed to pay North Korea, various news reports have claimed that the bill for Warmbier’s “care” is still unpaid.
“‘President Donald J. Trump is the greatest hostage negotiator that I know of in the history of the United States,'” Trump wrote, quoting the unidentified source. “’20 hostages, many in impossible circumstances, have been released in last two years. No money was paid.’ Cheif Hostage Negotiator, USA!”
Trump’s misspelled tweet, along with his insistence that agreeing to pay $2 million in exchange for Warmbier’s return was a brilliant negotiating ploy, spawned instant ridicule on Twitter.
Check out some of the reactions below.
"President Donald J. Trump also has a great hog. Healthy and big, definitely not crooked. He's a shower *and* a grower!" Cheif Dick Inspector, USA! https://t.co/98ab9Ax9Uu
— Juggalocialism (@UweBollocks) April 26, 2019
— Jason Clay (@jasonclay) April 26, 2019
I'm not sure how to break this to you, mister president sir, but forking over two million dollars ransom so that your dictator playdate with a brutal dictator can take place is actually the opposite of being the 'greatest' anything, except maybe the greatest embarrassment ever
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 26, 2019
I agree! She’s been blinking and no one is helping her.
— curiousheid (@curiousheid1) April 26, 2019
Sorta like how you did business… you got work from contractors, and when they were done, you'd complain and not pay, then tie them up in court til they went bankrupt. I wouldn't have paid NK either, but I wouldn't have given them a signed LOI either.
— Ann Watson-Johnson (@pebsie63) April 26, 2019
You have taken America hostage…….
— Heyoka Muse™ (@HeyokaMuse) April 26, 2019
Nurse, buzz is out of medication again !!!
— cps666 (@cps666) April 26, 2019
— Krangus Jung (@IowaRob) April 26, 2019
My 9-year old can spell "chief."
Of course, my 9-year old also has more maturity, deeper moral conviction, better self-control, and a greater grasp of the issues.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) April 26, 2019
And fucking install spell check on your phone. You’re the fucking president ,and I can underatand you screwing up big words like “criminal”, but “Chief”?
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 26, 2019
Trump is holding the English language hostage and we should pay whatever it takes to get it back.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) April 26, 2019
John Baron, Cheif Hostage Negotiator USA!
— elaine layabout is a bro (@elainelayabout) April 26, 2019