President Trump proved throughout his campaign that he loves a less-than unique nickname, from “Crooked Hillary” to “Lyin’ Ted.” He has also carried that practice over into the White House, although his creativity has definitely been lacking as of late.
On Saturday, Trump resurrected his old and unoriginal nickname for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
While he was speaking to U.S. military personnel at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Sigonella, Italy, Trump got distracted by a helicopter that was flying overhead and wondered aloud who was inside of it. Instead of keeping his musings to himself, he told the crowd:
‘I’m trying to figure out who’s in that helicopter that’s coming in. It may be Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe. It may be Justin from Canada. Great people. We made a lot of good friends this week.’
The last time Trump referred to Trudeau as “Justin from Canada” was during an interview with Bloomberg earlier this month. Trump used the nickname while speaking about conversations he’d had with Trudeau and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.
Almost immediately after Trump decided to reuse his nickname for Trudeau, people began to mock him for it on Twitter. Some of the best reactions can be seen below.
Some commenters questioned whether or not Trump had forgotten Trudeau’s last name when he made his remark.
Just couldn't remember his last name.
— The Traveler (@runhq) May 27, 2017
Along with these comments, a few people took things a step further by bringing up rumors about Trump suffering from cognitive impairments.
— Caryn 🎶the darkest hour is just before dawn🎵 (@caryn1947) May 27, 2017
But what a weird shift of focus from speaking to noticing a helicopter and speculating on who is in it…
— 🔥LAM❄ (@LauraMcAfee1) May 27, 2017
Plenty of others wondered if, when he used the nickname, Trump was referring to Trudeau at all. As they’ve pointed out, pop singer Justin Bieber is another famous “Justin from Canada.”
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) May 27, 2017
^ Hits just keep on comin'
Trump speaking at US Naval Base in Italy makes reference to "Justin from Canada"
Justin Bieber or PM Trudeau? pic.twitter.com/iUGT00X5rA
— Maggie Jordan (@MaggieJordanACN) May 27, 2017
He probably thinks that Justin Beiber is the Canadian PM
— Matt Schwarz (@phiwings) May 27, 2017
Some commenters joked about the pretty obvious crush Ivanka Trump has on Trudeau.
Because "Justin from Canada" is how it comes up on Ivanka's phone.
— Citizen Chug (@CitizenChug) May 27, 2017
Meanwhile, others actually gave the president credit for making them laugh for once.
Sorry,but that's the only thing the guy has ever done that's made me laugh. He owes me a laugh for all the tears and fears, though.
— Kamala Harris 💪🏼Strong&Kind❤️ (@earthdogelevena) May 27, 2017
Damn dawg you can be funny!!!! 😂😂
— Albert (@albertr46) May 27, 2017
After his first, not-so-successful foreign trip as president of the United States, Trump should be taking any compliment he can get. After all, if people are laughing about his short attention span, they’re at least taking a break from talking about the allegations that have been brought against his son-in-law.