Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump says he spoke to Virgin Islands' 'president' -- which is him

Trump says he spoke to Virgin Islands' 'president' -- which is him

Trump is the first sitting president to speak before the Values Voter Summit, a gathering of Christian conservatives and said he would be there for all affected US citizens, who he insisted were "healing".

As the president of the United States, Trump is, of course, the president of the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are one nation and we all hurt together, we hope together and we heal together.

It happened Friday at the Values Voter Summit, where he was trudging through a speech when he looked away to mention the states and territories he's visited in the aftermath of this year's devastating hurricane season. Trump wasn't corrected during the event, but the speech was amended in the official White House transcript. So unless someone somewhere has managed to clone Trump and somehow smuggled said clone off the mainland, the man Trump met during his trip to the territory in early October was actually the governor of the Virgin Islands, Kenneth Mapp. Just a day before, Energy Secretary Rick Perry referred to Puerto Rico as a country during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.

Trump on Friday addressed the US government's response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

"Quite frankly, a few weeks ago, when I learned that Puerto Rico was a part of the US, I thought that that boosted my a whole new level", Trump said.

"This pretty much summarizes the mainland confusion about residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands actually being U.S. citizens", tweeted reporter Jordyn Holman.

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