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    Oops! US Vice President Pence's Twitter Account Confuses Ireland’s Flag With That of Ivory Coast

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    The US vice president's visit to Ireland has already wound up in critics' crosshairs, as he and his team decided to stay at a hotel owned by President Donald Trump, with some suggesting that the latter would be profiteering at the taxpayer's expense.

    US Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Ireland was overshadowed by an unexpected mishap on his official Twitter account – a post devoted to his arrival in the country contained the flag of the Ivory Coast instead of that of Ireland. The two essentially look like mirrored images of each other.

    Although the tweet was later deleted, netizens managed to take screenshots of it and used the blunder as a pretext to deliver sarcastic jabs at the American vice president.

    Many netizens simply questioned the mental abilities of Mike Pence, who had apparently failed to double-check which flag he picked.

    Some people, however, came to the US vice president's defence, noting that the two flags indeed look very similar and can be easily confused when looked at by a non-resident of the two countries.

    Pence's trip to the country was also mired in a scandal, as critics of him and Trump lashed out at the vice president's choice of facilities to stay at in the country. The VP’s team chose the International Golf Links hotel, belonging to Donald Trump, which, as critics argue, would allow the latter to profit from his time as US president. Pence's chief of staff discarded the allegations, noting that Golf Links was the only suitable option in the area.

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