President Trump’s “I really am a Stable Genius” tour continued Wednesday as he braved reporters and their questions at a joint White House press conference with Erna Solberg, the visiting Prime Minister of Norway.
The White House has schedules a series of public events to push-back against accusations in Michael Wolff’s bombshell new book “Fire and Fury” that the president is mentally unfit and unqualified for the office.
Today’s event followed his immigration dog and pony show with a bi-partisan group of congressional leaders meant to demonstrate his mental fitness.
That 50+ minute televised meeting ended embarrassingly for the president when Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) got him to unwittingly agree to the Democratic demand that a clean bill to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) be brought to a vote.
So how did today’s desperate attempt to appear presidential and knowledgable about our relationship with a valuable NATO ally? Well, it didn’t end much better.
In the middle of trying to project a command of the American made military hardware Norway has purchased in recent years, Trump made a humiliating gaffe, telling the cameras that the U.S. has sold “F-52 fighter jets” to the Scandinavian nation.
What’s the problem, you may be thinking? For one thing, we didn’t sell Norway “F-52s.” For another, the “F-52” doesn’t even exist.
The U.S. military designates all fighter planes with the letter “F” and currently, only the F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighters are in service.
It’s possible the president was referring to the B-52 bomber, but the United States Air Force is the sole operator of the long range nuclear capable plane.
More than likely, Trump just misread the notes given to him before the press conference by staff that stated that the U.S. sold Norway 52 “F-35” fighters. An honest mistake, or another sign that the president is showing signs of diminishing mental capacity?
Or is it simply another sign that Trump thinks he’s so smart he can learn everything he needs to know about an important NATO ally by reading a 3 x 5 note card, and that no one would notice he’s faking his way through his presidency?
You can watch this section of their joint press conference below and decide for yourself.