During a White House meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Donald Trump repeatedly urged reporters to look into the “oranges” of the Mueller report on the alleged collusion with Russia.
Throughout his speech, Trump pronounced “origins” as “oranges” at least four times, having managed to say the word right only once.
POTUS was seemingly aware that something in his word choice was wrong and went ahead with some other descriptive options to make his point.
“I hope they now go and take a look at the oranges, the oranges of the investigation. The beginnings of that investigation…you look at the origin of the investigation, where it started, how it started, who started it…the Mueller report I wish covered the oranges of how it started. The beginnings of the investigation”.
“The oranges of the investigation.”— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) 3 апреля 2019 г.
— Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/20lQH0XSPl
Whether it was a slip-of-the-tongue, caused by a subconscious craving for oranges, or something else, the epic oopsie has spurred some serious storm on social media:
I want to see the oranges of the investigation. Why won’t anyone show me the oranges??! pic.twitter.com/HI7qgWB68f— Abe Froman (@furious_buns) 3 апреля 2019 г.
Orange is the new origin.— bob (@bobsopinions) 3 апреля 2019 г.
“The oranges of the, uh uh investigation…” It’s almost as if he could foresee social media already starting to make fun of him.— J Mysterio (@johnnysilva79) 3 апреля 2019 г.
Some netizens couldn’t resist alluding to a series of Trump’s previous blunders, including those where he flubbed the pronunciation of “Namibia” and “Tanzania”, gave birth to “the United Shtesh” and referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook simply as “Time Apple”:
The oranges of the investigation are anomonisss, but could be traced to Nambia or Tanzaynia, since back in April of 20,014.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) 2 апреля 2019 г.
We will be conducking an investigation of our own to addreth this, with the help of Tim Apple. God bless the Unites Shtatesh.pic.twitter.com/q7mIRNJoV1
He should talk to Tim Apple about the oranges of the investigation.— Equity Bobby (@SnailTeamSix) 3 апреля 2019 г.
Twitterians showed no mercy while ridiculing Trump, who has been mocked for his orange-hued skin tone every now and then:
Technically, he’s not wrong. At least one orange is under investigation. 🤦♀️ pic.twitter.com/1VBM2mz5ie— Linda Childers (@lindarchilders) 3 апреля 2019 г.
Others played on another blooper that saw Trump erroneously say that his father, Fred, was born “in a very wonderful place in Germany”, although his dad entered the world in the Bronx, New York City.
Nobody knew that determining the oranges of Fred trump's birthplace would be this hard.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) 2 апреля 2019 г.
Trump doesn’t seem to know the “oranges” of his own family tree.— nosusanhere (@nosusanhere) 2 апреля 2019 г.
The summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which was released by Attorney General William Barr, did not find any evidence of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.
Mueller has been looking into claims that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, as well as allegations of collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Moscow.
Russia has consistently denied meddling, emphasising that the allegation had been made as an excuse for the defeat of Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton.