Born in a very wonderful place

Boy, Trump really can’t get the whole “where you born” thing right. He can’t even remember where his own father was born. I don’t mean the room or the town or even the state, I mean the country.

Donald Trump has wrongly claimed his father was born in Germany, again, during a press conference with the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump made the claim while criticizing Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, whose country, the president said, “was not paying their fair share” toward the military alliance.

He does pronounce “Angela” correctly though. I was wondering about that the other day, so it’s good to know. Mind you, he makes a show of it – pausing first and then using a Special Voice, so that nobody will think he actually speaks any horrible NotAmerican languages – but at least he manages to do it.

“I have great respect for Angela and I have great respect for the country,” said Trump. “My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany so I have a very great feeling for Germany.”

Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was born in New York. Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was born in the German village of Kallstadt.

A very wonderful place.

Trump has falsely claimed his father was born in Germany before. In July 2018, as he criticized EU nations for doing business with Iran after Trump broke a nuclear agreement with the country, Trump also claimed his father was born abroad. He was not. Trump’s mother was Scottish.

For years before he became president, Trump falsely claimed former president Barack Obama was born in Kenya, a conspiracy theory he repeated even after it was disproved.

Just cannot get a grip on the whole place of origin thing.

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