Once again, President Trump has embarrassed himself in front of a foreign leader. Today, after welcoming Juan Carlos Varela, the president of Panama, to the White House, Trump proved just how little he knows about Varela’s country.
During a brief media availability, according to POLITICO, Trump welcomed Varela to the United States. Seemingly desperate to think of something to say following his opening remarks, Trump decided to spend some time bragging about what a “good job” the U.S. did building the Panama Canal over 100 years ago.
Trump told the press:
‘It’s our great honor to have President and Mrs. Varela from Panama. We have many things to discuss. We’re going to spend quite a bit of time today. The Panama Canal is doing quite well, I think we did a good job building it.’
Trump then turned to Varela for validation, asking, “Right?”
Varela, looking somewhat taken aback by the way the president awkwardly worked the Panama Canal into his comments, agreed with Trump that the U.S. did do a “good job” on the project.
Trump also went on to tell reporters that the relationship between the U.S. and Panama at the moment is “very strong.”
‘We are developing new things to do and only getting stronger. And also, friendship with the president is very, very good.’
Once Trump was finished with his statement, he invited Varela to speak to the press. The Panamanian president, after thanking Trump for welcoming him to the White House, addressed his goals for the trip to the U.S.
Valera first emphasized the fact that a “long friendship” exists between Panama and the United States and that the two countries have many challenges in common. He then explained that the reason behind his visit with Trump is to “work closely together to face the same challenges that we have in the region of Central America and Latin America and in our country.”
After Valera finished his remarks, Trump quickly took over, refusing to answer questions from the press and instead simply saying “thank you” over and over again.
Watch the two presidents discuss Valera’s visit, which is set to last for four days, in the video below, available via YouTube.
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