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Monday, July 10, 2017

In a major diplomatic gaffe, the White House media office mislabelled the leaders of China and Japan in press statements released after US President Donald Trump's bilateral meetings with the two leaders. On meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House statement referred to the leader as "President of the Republic of China" which is the official name for Taiwan. China considers Taiwan one of its own territories and does not recognise its sovereignty. Most countries in the world maintain limited diplomatic relations with Taiwan in line with the one-China policy.




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Earlier on the same day, after Trump's meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the White House press statement referred to him as "President Abe of Japan"

In another noticeable gaffe, President Trump's official Instagram mislabeled the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong as Joko Widodo the President of Indonesia.


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Just WOW.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-07-10 06:07 AM | Reply

Competence is so overrated.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-07-10 08:26 AM | Reply

Now that donald and his "team" have established themselves as political amateurs oblivious to diplomacy and protocol, these events will just become the "new normal".

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-07-10 08:33 AM | Reply

Something even the community organizer didn't do.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2017-07-10 10:54 AM | Reply

When you have to lie all the time to work for a president, that degrades your ability to fact check.

#5 | Posted by rcade at 2017-07-10 11:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

They all look alike.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2017-07-10 11:19 AM | Reply

What do we think the right wingers would have had to say in response had it been the Obama White House which made this incredibly bone headed remark? One can only imagine. They complained about "competence" under Obama? LMAO.

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-07-10 11:26 AM | Reply

i'm going to the netherlands next week...practicing my canadian speech foibles...embarrassing and dangerous to be an american abroad.

#8 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-07-10 11:39 AM | Reply

When you are forbidden in the WH from accessing any information not on Brietbart it makes it difficult to check facts and such.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-10 11:54 AM | Reply

@#7 ... They complained about "competence" under Obama? ...

Well, the Republicans did complain, repeatedly, that fmr Pres Obama had lost the respect of other world leaders.
( e.g.,
www.nationalreview.com )

I have to wonder how that line is going for them nowadays....

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-07-10 11:57 AM | Reply



#10 - They believe willful ignorance is an important conservative virtue.

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-07-10 12:56 PM | Reply

China Says U.S. Has Apologized for Taiwan Name Gaffe


It looks like SCROTUS' apology tour just kicked off.

#12 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-07-10 01:36 PM | Reply

Taiwan is part of US. Japan ceded it.US signed treaty but no version of china did.passports for everybody!

#13 | Posted by visiter at 2017-07-10 01:48 PM | Reply

Why did Trump show weakness by apologizing?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-10 03:27 PM | Reply

Oh, sorry, why did The White House show weakness by apologizing?

Is The White House trying to undermine Trump?

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-10 03:31 PM | Reply

Hey! What's the bigly deal?

I do that too sometimes.

When I am really stoned.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-07-10 09:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

No, it's a fact. Donald traded Taiwan to China for a better deal on steel He's always winning, that guy.

#17 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-10 09:22 PM | Reply

We have a schizophrenic foreign policy in that under the "One China" rule, Taiwan is part of mainland China and thus Xi Jinping is, technically, their President so it would seem to me that it is going to be a little sticky for Trump to apologize to Taiwan while pretending to honestly accept the "One China" policy.

#18 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-12 08:22 AM | Reply

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