The Trump White House Friday morning touted the news that the gross domestic product (GDP), a chief economic indicator, came in strong at 4.1% growth. Supplementing a statement made by President Trump outside the West Wing an hour earlier, the White House Communications Team, under the new direction of former Fox News co-president Bill Shine, posted a graphic to Twitter.
In it, they spelled “United States” wrong. It reads, “United Sates.”
It remained up for well over three hours.
Here’s a screenshot:
Naturally, the mocking was extreme:
Also Obama’s White House could spell “United States.”
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) July 27, 2018
HOW IS THIS STILL UP OH MY GOD
— Hunter Felt (@HunterFelt) July 27, 2018
Where are the United Sates?
— paul cambridge (@anotherredrebel) July 27, 2018
Others made clear that regardless of spelling, 4.1% growth is not as amazing as Trump would ike Americans to believe:
If you include Obama’s leadership, this growth would rank 5th.
– 5.1% Q2 2014
– 4.9% Q3 2014
– 4.7% Q4 2011
– 4.5% Q4 2009
– 4.1 % Q2 2018
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) July 27, 2018
UPDATE: 3:32 PM ET –
It stayed up for nearly 4 hours. It was just deleted.
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Trump’s Disastrous Kanye Visit Was Jared Kushner’s Fault – and Left WH Aides ‘Hugely Embarrassed’
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Friday that Kanye’s Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump did not go over well with White House staff, who were left feeling “hugely embarrassed” for the “speechless and confused” president.
“This was very much a Jared Kushner show,” said Haberman. “Kushner brought Kanye West in to talk about prison reform and job opportunities for inmates after they get out of prison and then this lunch was put on the president’s calendar.”
“You can see Jared Kushner there looking very happy, his wife Ivanka Trump not looking quite as happy,” Haberman added. “That represented the split that you saw within the White House.”
“I heard from other West Wing aides who were hugely embarrassed that that had happened, thought that was not a good look, that this is not a rock concert,” she said.
“The main sentiment I have heard,” Haberman said, “is why have we taken what was a pretty good week for the president with Kavanaugh, which is something that Republican candidates heading into the midterms would probably rather be talking about, and why are we now doing ‘Kanye Week’?”
Watch the video below.
Dysfunctional White House So Scared of Leaks Daily Staff Meetings Have Now Been Canceled
Amid constant leaks that keep spilling out of the Trump Administration, the White House is limiting the number of its daily meetings, reports The New York Times.
The change results from a White House staff member, Kelly Sadler, making poor comments about Sen. John McCain.
The daily meeting brought together nearly 30 communication staff members. The meeting has not taken place over the past week. One source told the New York Times that the team has met in smaller groups.
When asked about the change, deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters, said she would not comment on “internal matters.”
White House Appears to Confuse North and South Korea
The White House was caught off guard and by surprise Tuesday when the official North Korean state news agency announced that talks scheduled for next month between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un would be canceled if the U.S. did not pull out of military exercises with South Korea.
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) May 15, 2018
President Trump for months has been praising the North Korean dictator after he proposed a face-to-face meeting with the U.S. president. Not only has Trump been praising him, he literally acted as Kim’s Minister of Propaganda, tweeting out remarks the 34-year old Supreme Leader of North Korea had made.
But Tuesday’s announcement threw the White House for a loop.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a quick statement in response.
“We are aware of the South Korean media report,” Huckabee Sanders said. “The United States will look at what North Korea has said independently, and continue to coordinate closely with our allies.”
The problem, as CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto and others noted, is that the report came from North Korea, not South Korea.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the official state media outlet for North Korea. Yonhap is South Korea’s news agency.
In fact, this is not a “South Korean media report”. Statement came from North Korean state media, KCNA, which speaks for Pyongyang. https://t.co/c0ThtZpFqA
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 15, 2018
Later, an English language version was released by KCNA.
It reads, in part, that South Korea and the U.S. are “reacting to all the peace-loving efforts and good intentions which DPRK has shown with rude and wicked provocation.”
The official English report from KCNA is out: pic.twitter.com/4Qyq9Zvsa6
— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) May 15, 2018
Sciutto also makes this observation:
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 15, 2018
As one political writer noted, Kim is playing Trump “like a fiddle.”
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is playing Donald Trump like a fiddle.
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) May 15, 2018
Trump has repeatedly signaled that he is jonesing for a deal with North Korea, and for that to happen, the summit with Kim Jong-un has to happen. That gives Kim an opportunity to hold the summit at risk for leverage. https://t.co/e312jgt244
— Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) May 15, 2018
Kim seeks to use the leverage Trump has given him. Somewhere Bolton is smiling. https://t.co/XTBPUyjtTC
— Jon B. "Globalist" Wolfsthal (@JBWolfsthal) May 15, 2018
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