Trump’s Instagram gaffe about PM Lee makes it to American talk show

Thanks to Trump, a few more Americans will know that Singapore is not China.

By Martino Tan | July 13, 2017

All thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest “covfefe-type” gaffe on his Instagram account, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has now received his 15 minutes seconds of fame on a pretty-famous American late-night television talk show.

Screenshot of Instagram from Facebook

During The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday, Stephen Colbert, American comedian and regular tormentor of Trump, joked about Trump’s poor week at the 2017 G20 Hamburg summit in Germany, highlighting that Trump misidentified PM Lee as Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

The post, which was deleted and reposted a few hours later, was initially captioned “President Trump and the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo speaking before the start if the bilateral at the #G20Summit in # Hamburg, #Germany. # USA”

Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Youtube.

Colbert added that maybe we should give him some slack, since Trump’s previous international diplomacy experience was with the Miss Universe pageant, suggesting that his life would be far easier if the other world leaders would just wear “their damned sashes.”

Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Youtube.

While Today newspaper, who has a reporter following updates from G20 in Hamburg, noted that PM Lee did not mention Trump’s gaffe, Lee did give this one-liner to let the matter rest: “I assure you it was me!”

You can watch Colbert’s whole monologue here. The part where PM Lee is mentioned comes in at about the 1:40 mark:


Top photo: Screenshots from Stephen Colbert video on YouTube

About Martino Tan

Martino’s parents named him after an Italian priest, Vatican's 1st ambassador to S’pore. He's inspired by the lives of Robert Kennedy & D. Bonhoeffer, the words of G.Orwell & T.Sorensen, & the music of the Beatles.

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