During an Oval Office photo spray, President Donald Trump talked about his love of Germany, saying that his father was German and was born there. Unfortunately for the president, his father wasn't actually born in Germany, which earned him merciless mockery.
It's unclear whether Trump knows where his father was born, had a "senior moment" or openly lied about it to impress NATO leaders. Regardless, it prompted the internet to erupt with their own arm-chair diagnoses about the president's brain-burps or dementia.
According to Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake, this is the third time Trump incorrectly stated that his father was born in Germany. It's unclear if anyone has thought to inform him about the error.
Trump's grandfather was born in Germany, however. According to The Guardian, the grandfather was also banished from the country.
At least one person compared it to Trump's insistence that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
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I mean... he also said Obama was born in Kenya so maybe this is just dementia https://t.co/kzfjibF217— (((Charles Young))) (@(((Charles Young)))) 1554239430.0
@realDonaldTrump, just a reminder that your father was not born in Germany. https://t.co/trLKNsuvxn— Chris Montana (@Chris Montana) 1554239697.0
Trump: "My Father is German, was German-- Born in a very Wonderful Place in Germany" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Trump's Father (Fr… https://t.co/lPWOPPZdci— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1554231789.0
I'd be sincerely interested in what Trump would say if he was told he's wrong about this. Would he say he was told… https://t.co/VGCvHRdj6U— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1554239765.0
@realDonaldTrump get some medical help moron. First, its 'origins' not 'oranges' and your father was born in New Yo… https://t.co/91b8hiORbx— CaminoGailo (@CaminoGailo) 1554239718.0
@chrislhayes Maybe Fred grew up in a section in NYC called "Little Germany". Understandably Trump was confused!— André Godin (@André Godin) 1554239703.0
@TheDailyShow @BarackObama It's actually true. @realDonaldTrump's father was born in a zoo in Germany. https://t.co/MyF5rxYKYu— Joe Melucci (@Joe Melucci) 1554239531.0
Donald Trump’s day so far: - Keeps saying he he wants to know the “oranges” of the Mueller probe - Falsely claims… https://t.co/wRv48WCIyw— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report) 1554238111.0
Reposted for clarity (sigh, Twitter...) Is this the first time Trump has admitted German ancestry? By the way his f… https://t.co/GR7noJUqmo— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷)) 1554231011.0
We learn Puerto Rico is a country, Central American countries are Mexican countries, Trump believes his father was… https://t.co/VAUB0S3qfh— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali) 1554238070.0
Trump just said an hour ago his father “was born in a very wonderful place in Germany.” His Dad was born in New Y… https://t.co/zWgRk12mdJ— Brian O'Sullivan (@Brian O'Sullivan) 1554238954.0
What if Trump's father was actually born in Germany because he was an illegitimate child of his grandfather and not… https://t.co/1sSXgZ7dW9— (((Charles Young))) (@(((Charles Young)))) 1554240983.0
You can want to embrace your Nazi roots @realDonaldTrump but Germany doesn’t get down like that! #NATO https://t.co/Lb5jdNEJW9— DDB (@DDB) 1554241516.0
Trump - again - falsely claimed his father was born in Germany. I'm sure he heard this from the same folks who told… https://t.co/fTWXcPazau— Richard de Give (@Richard de Give) 1554241483.0