Leave it to the President of the United States to conflate real military assets with ones that are only available in a video game. Of course he did that. There's no shortage of Trump coverage today thanks to his deeply racist remarks yesterday, and while yes, we should be shouting "DONALD TRUMP IS RACIST!" from the rooftops with regularity, this story also proves that in addition to being racist, he is deeply, deeply dumb. And he made this idiotic comment in front of a room filled with international reporters. Lovely.
On Wednesday, Trump gave a joint press conference with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, at the White House.
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Reading (-ish) off a piece of paper, Trump said, “In November, we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets. We have a total of 52 and they’ve delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule.”
But what Trump meant to say is that Norway purchased 52 F-35 fighter jets, not 52 F-52 and F-35 fighter jets.
Because F-52 fighter jets don’t exist in real life.
F-52 fighter jets only exist in the video game Call of Duty.
HuffPost dutifully reported on the description of the fictional jet as per the Call of Duty Wiki page: “It is equipped with afterburners for greater speed to outrun aircraft, as well as air brakes, which provide the fighter with additional maneuverability in tight corners or for avoiding enemy fire.”
Amazing. But not real.
This gorgeous Trump gaffe was too tantalizing for Stephen Colbert not to address on his show:
“That’s how good our stealth technology has gotten,” Colbert ribbed. “We’re making planes even we can’t see. Now the president probably just misspoke, or as he calls it: ‘spoke.'”
Trump probably wasn’t even aware that the F-52 is a thing in Call of Duty. I doubt he plays video games; his hands are probably too small for the controllers.
Obviously, Twitter wasn’t going to let the president off the hook for his mistake…