Royal titles can be confusing, but President Trump delivered a whale of a spelling error on Thursday morning when he erroneously referred to Prince Charles, Great Britain’s Prince of Wales, as the Prince of “Whales” on Twitter. A Freudian slip when speaking of the noted royal environmentalist, or, more likely, just a reminder for everyone still sipping coffee from their “covfefe” mugs that the president still could not win a second grade spelling bee?
The misstep—which was later corrected—came as Trump was defending a comment he made in an interview with ABC, saying that he’s, um, totally open to foreign governments giving him information on his 2020 opponents. ”There’s nothing wrong with listening,” Trump told George Stephanopoulos. “If somebody called from a country —Norway—‘We have information on your opponent,’ oh, I think I’d want to hear it.” Quite the rich comment from someone who definitely, absolutely was not interested in Russian-fed dirt on Hillary Clinton in 2016. Never.
In attempting to clarify his comments, Trump referenced his recent visit with Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales/Whales. “I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We talked about ‘Everything!’” he tweeted. “Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous!”
Nevertheless, Trump’s latest spelling error made for a fun morning of whale watching—and all-too-rare Free Willy references—on Twitter.
Until Trump's next spelling error . . .