14:52 GMT20 February 2020
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    President Trump is well known for his bizarre history lessons, which often contradict what is being taught in schools and what official accounts say, and his recent statement on historical ties between the United States and ancient Rome has drawn lines on social media.

    US President Donald Trump has raised eyebrows as he claimed that the things that bind the United States and Italy date back thousands of years to ancient Rome.

    “The United States and Italy are bound together by a shared cultural and political heritage dating back thousands of years to ancient Rome,” Trump said during a press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday.

    Many people took to social media to interpret Trump’s comments as suggesting that the US and Italy had been allied for thousands of years, even though Italy is less than 160 years old and the US was established 243 years ago.

    However, many leapt to Trump’s defence, saying he did not mean that the US is literally thousands of years old, but was referring to the great influence that the ancient Roman cultural and legal tradition had on Western nations, including the United States.

    Donald Trump has quite a history of controversial historical statements: he has previously accused the Kurds of not helping the United States in World War 2 (when there was no such thing as a Kurdish political authority), claimed that there were airports around during the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783, and stated that Abraham Lincoln lost the Civil War.

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