President Trump made a mistake during his big speech on terrorism — is anyone surprised? On Sunday, while speaking in Saudi Arabia, Trump accidentally said “Islamic extremism” instead of “Islamist extremism,” which is what was written in the pre-prepared draft of his speech.
It didn’t take long for the White House to come up with an excuse — albeit a pretty weak one — for Trump’s mistake.
According to Mike Memoli, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, the White House said that Trump deviated from the prepared speech because he was “just an exhausted guy.”
On @POTUS deviating from prepared text on "Islamist extremism" to say "Islamic extremism," admin official explains: "Just an exhausted guy"
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) May 21, 2017
The Washington Examiner also revealed that Trump was so tired after his speech that he cancelled his appearance at the Tweeps Forum that was supposed to follow. Instead, his daughter, Ivanka Trump, spoke on his behalf.
Following the White House’s excuse for Trump’s error and subsequent absence, plenty of people began to mock the president on Twitter. Some of the best jokes can be seen below.
Some people commented on his “low energy,” a reference to Trump’s own critiques of former candidate Jeb Bush during the 2016 election.
Others reminded the president of the comments he made about Hillary Clinton repeatedly during his campaign.
‘To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina. You have to be able to negotiate our trade deals … with Japan, with Saudi Arabia.’
Doesn't have the stamina for the office? Sad.
— George Kish (@GAKish) May 21, 2017
Someone pointed out that, before Trump left, rumors circulated that he wanted to make his trip shorter. They used these rumors as further evidence that Trump is not suited for the presidency.
WH announced Trump is "exhausted."
Remember before he left, rumors were he wanted the trip to be shorter.
Dude can't handle the workload.
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) May 21, 2017
Another person argued that exhaustion is not an excuse for Trump’s mistake, especially since the speech was written in advance by one of his senior advisers, Stephen Miller.
Uhhh NO. Stephen Miller (the same idiot that wrote the Muslim Ban) wrote this speech in advance. This excuse is total 🐃💩
— DJ Spin (@Turntablez) May 21, 2017
Meanwhile, others suggested that maybe Trump’s unhealthy habits are starting to catch up to him. Specifically, commenters pointed to the fact that, at six-foot-three and roughly 236 pounds, Trump is dangerously close to being considered obese.
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) May 21, 2017
And tRump complained about Hillary's stamina. If I were carrying around an extra 💯 pounds I would be exhausted too
— Chrome (@4TWH) May 21, 2017
This is not the first time there have been complaints about the strenuous nature of the presidency. Last month, during an interview with Reuters, Trump said that he thought being president “would be easier.”
‘I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.’
If he can’t handle international travel, maybe Trump should just take the advice of former Mexican President Vicente Fox and “go back to golfing.”
Featured image via Molly Riley/Pool via Bloomberg.