U.S. President Donald Trump is confusing his father and grandfather when it comes to his German ancestry.
Meeting Tuesday with NATO’s secretary general, Trump reached back into his family history — and missed — as he made the point that Germany should be spending more on its own military budget, to relieve pressure on NATO partners.
“I have great respect for Angela, and I have great respect for the country,” he said, referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “My father is German, right, was German, and born in a very wonderful place in Germany, and so I have a great feeling for Germany, but they’re not paying what they should be paying.”
Trump’s father, Fred, was born in New York City. The president’s grandfather, Friedrich, was born in Germany. Trump has made this claim before.
Friedrich Trump immigrated to the U.S. in 1885 at the age of 16, arriving in New York before moving to the western parts of the U.S.
Late night comics ripped into the president for the bizarre claim, with jokes related to Trump’s perpetuation of the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Jimmy Kimmel joked, "Donald Trump's father was not born in Germany, he was born in the Bronx. Which would mean J.Lo is from Germany, too, I guess. At this point he's just messing with us, right? He's now questioning his own father's birth certificate."
Stephen Colbert had fun another gaffe Trump made during the same meeting in which he said “oranges” instead of “origins” at least three times.
Trump made the malapropism while insisting he would like to know the origins of the Mueller report, while claiming the full report should not be released.
"And since he was talking, Trump just tacked on a random lie — because, you know, why not?" Colbert added. "Yes, it's true, Frederick Trump was born in a very wonderful place in Germany — New York City in 1905."
"Knock knock." "Who's there?" "Orange." 'Orange who?" "Orange you ashamed we have a president who can't pronounce 'origins'?" joked Colbert.
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