As Donald Trump welcomed Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the White House, the two heads of states chatted a bit about football.
Having confessed that his son, Barron, knew everything about the Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, the US president wondered how good the player was and if his counterpart was impressed by his game, stressing, “They say he is the greatest ever.”
The Portuguese president responded, “I’m very much impressed. He is the best player in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo.” But Trump’s next question ended up with yet another gaffe, as he got Ronaldo’s first name wrong:
“So will Christian ever run for president against you?"
Rebelo de Sousa either didn’t notice the minor mistake, or preferred not to correct him, and smilingly answered: “Mr. President, you know, you know something I must tell you, Portugal is not the United States. It’s a little different.”
Trump’s slip-up, however, couldn’t go unnoticed on social media:
btw trump literally said christian instead of cristiano i'm- pic.twitter.com/CA3QmiZjAg— andreia 🇵🇹 (@IoonawrId) 27 июня 2018 г.
Trump just asked Portugal's president if "Christian" (he meant Cristiano Ronaldo) will ever run for office in his country.— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) 27 июня 2018 г.
Donald trump be calling Cristiano… Cristian 🤦🏾♂️— Talal Aldoraei (@talal__aldoraei) 29 июня 2018 г.
For some reason, Trump referring to international icon Cristiano Ronaldo as “Cristian” just bothers me more than anything else he’s ever done https://t.co/jDxEKjiarR— &rew (@AndrewIsATwit) 28 июня 2018 г.
Trump’s favorite soccer player must be Cristian Ronald. https://t.co/vItjSUh2KD— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) 28 июня 2018 г.
He for real called him Christian. Oy vey— Chad O'Connor 🐬 (@chad_oconnor5) 30 июня 2018 г.
Many users also mocked his question about Ronaldo’s running for president, and hailed de Sousa’s snappy answer:
Trump: "So will Christian (Cristiano😑) ever run for president against you?"— João Pedro Junqueira (@realJoaoPJ) 27 июня 2018 г.
Marcelo: "Well Mr. President, you know something? I must tell you Portugal is not like the United States!" pic.twitter.com/ePs3bAiSpD
So trump really asked our president if Cristiano Ronaldo was going to run for president and our lord and savior Marcelo answered:"I have something I must tell you… Portugal is not the USA" I'm CRYING pic.twitter.com/QB4YX4bF2e— alice🌻 Lil Tiger (@notsenpaiii) 27 июня 2018 г.
The President of Portugal just met with @POTUS. Trump asked if @Cristiano could run for President one day. Mr. Rebelo de Sousa replied with a smile: "We are not the United States." S-A-V-A-G-E! pic.twitter.com/JuJvMiN0TZ— Bernardo Tavares Pereira (@b_tavares_p) 27 июня 2018 г.
Convo b/w Trump & Portuguese President:— Hubdar Hussain Khan (@HubdarHussainK) 30 июня 2018 г.
“So will Cristiano ever run for president against you? You know he won’t win?" Trump asked Robelo de Sousa- The Portuguese President.
“Portugal is not the United States. It's a little different”. He epically replied.😂😂#worldcup #trumped
There were those who enjoyed the conversation between the two heads of states:
Best conversation between 2 Presidents iv ever heard. Amazing sense of humor from Donald Trump & President De Sousa. @Cristiano your President is really proud of what you are doing in Russia. Make the Portuguese proud.— #RealMadrid (@MiWorld_H) 28 июня 2018 г.
Great conversation, great chemistry, great joke and a great action president Donald Trump.— Newman (@Newmanluckyman) 28 июня 2018 г.