Twitter Is Having Tons Of Fun With Trump’s Odd Statement About Panama Canal
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On Monday, President Donald Trump met with the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, at the White House. During their meeting, the two world leaders discussed important international topics such as, uh, the Panama Canal.
“The Panama Canal is doing quite well,” Trump said during a photo opportunity with Varela. “I think we did a good job building it, right?”
To which Varela immediately responded, “Yeah. One hundred years ago.”
Yet, Varela’s shade didn’t even register with Trump, who then said, “We did a very good job.”
Trump tries to take credit for doing a "good job" w the Panama Canal……the President of Panama reminds him it was built 100 years ago pic.twitter.com/wGGYly1gou— William LeGate (@williamlegate) June 19, 2017
Naturally, no one really knows why Trump made that statement.
Oh, dear God.Trump is meeting with Panama's leader at WH."The Panama Canal is doing quite well. We did a good job building it, right?"— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 19, 2017
As usual, Twitter has its theories.
For instance, some think that it’s just Trump, in typical Trump fashion, taking credit for something he didn’t actually do.
I can't believe Donald Trump took credit for the Panama Canal like Frederick Douglass wasn't out there with a shovel every day.— Settle In, Babies (@alexandraerin) June 19, 2017
I only got a 3 on the AP US History exam because I missed the "Trump built the Panama Canal" question.— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) June 19, 2017
Did trump just take credit for the Panama Canal? Does he know when it was built? Maybe he thinks Frederick Douglas was the head engineer.— Kevin Lankes (@KevinLankes) June 19, 2017
While others think he was just poorly prepared for the meeting.
When there's a pop quiz and you didn't do the reading.— Rob Tannenbaum (@tannenbaumr) June 19, 2017
There’s also a fair amount of people who think Trump was simply playing word association and said the first thing that came to his head when he thought of the word “Panama”:
he just says things. he says the first thing that enters his head. panama.... canal. we're lucky he didn't say "and their hats are great"— libby watson 🥞 (@libbycwatson) June 19, 2017
And, of course, there were a few folks who just wanted to make a solid Trump joke.
We did a great job building the Panama Canal. And I'd also like to congratulate Thomas Edison for the incredible work he's doing!— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) June 19, 2017
In response to the Bowling Green Massacre, President Andrew Jackson hired Donald Trump to build the Panama Canal to keep out the Australians— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) June 19, 2017
I would donate $5000 to Trump's reelection campaign if he could point to a spot within 1000 miles of the Panama Canal on a map.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) June 19, 2017
Look on the bright side about Trump's Panama Canal comments. It means he's finally being president at a 4th grade level!— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) June 19, 2017
Yet, why Trump said what he said — much like most of the things that fly out of his mouth — will most likely remain a mystery.