Trump Boasts About Meeting The Prince Of Whales
US President Donald Trump lauded his own diplomacy with royalty and foreign leaders, but mistakenly cast the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, as the "Prince of Whales".
45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump met a very special someone the other day:
Meeting the Prince of Whales is truly an honour, after all he’s second in line to the soggy ocean throne, and his son is currently is the Duke of Corals and Sea Anemones (please refer to artist rendering at the top of this article of what Trump beheld during this meeting).
But it’s not all fun and splashy typos, Trump's tweets were an apparent response to criticism of comments he made on Sunday that he would accept information from a foreign government that was damaging to an election opponent, without reporting it to the FBI.
"I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening," Trump said.
"It's not an interference. They have information, I think I'd take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I'd go maybe to the FBI - if I thought there was something wrong."
Trump's comments came less than three months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted a report that found Russia waged a hacking and influence campaign to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump's remarks to ABC drew outrage from Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates seeking to challenge Trump in 2020 on Thursday, as well as one of Trump's leading Republican allies.
"What the president said last night shows clearly, once again, over and over again, that he does not know the difference between right and wrong," said US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress.
"There is no sense ... any ethical sense that informs his comments and his thinking."
The remarks prompted some Democratic presidential candidates to renew their call to impeach the president. However, Pelosi said Trump's comments did not change Democratic leaders' plan to move forward with investigating Trump and his administration before any formal impeachment proceedings.
One of Trump's closest allies in Congress, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, joined Democrats in criticising the president's remarks.
"I think it's a mistake," said, Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Any foreign contribution of "money or other thing of value" violates US campaign finance law. Legal experts say knowingly soliciting information from a foreign entity would also be illegal.
Trump later deleted the tweet and replaced it with one that spelled Wales correctly.
Charles met Trump last week for tea in London as part of the US president's state visit to Britain.
"We were going to have a 15-minute chat and it turned out to be an hour-and-a-half and he did most of the talking - and he is really into climate change and I think that's great," Trump said of the visit in an interview last week.
"He wants to make sure future generations have climate that is good climate as opposed to a disaster - and I agree," Trump said.
But Trump also suggested he doubted the science that shows that the earth is getting hotter due to human activity, an issue on which Charles has been an advocate for a global response (unsurprising for a Prince who has to swim great distances in hot oceans full of plastics to discuss important matters with the whales he will rule over one day).