The president of the United States is presently in Singapore, at the helm of a major summit between the U.S. and North Korea aimed at denuclearizing the unstable dictatorship of the northern peninsula.
Heather Hauert, the spokesperson for Trump’s state department, decided it would be an appropriate time to troll Trump’s nemesis – the free press – with a bizarre tweet:
Hey @cnn where was @Potus today? Meeting with his national security team and greeting our dedicated embassy colleagues from US Embassy Singapore! Without them, #SingaporeSummit wouldn’t be possible. pic.twitter.com/WO6lCMTMRD
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) June 11, 2018
“Hey @cnn where was @Potus today? Meeting with his national security team and greeting our dedicated embassy colleagues from US Embassy Singapore! Without them, #SingaporeSummit wouldn’t be possible,” she tweeted, presumably from Singapore with Trump.
There are a few things wrong with her tweet. First and foremost, which branch of the American government is run by school-aged children?
Several users on Twitter were quick to point that out:
Our embassy is staffed by children?
— John Infanti (@Johnny_2Hats) June 11, 2018
So our embassy in Singapore is manned by schoolchildren? You people at the WH need to learn how to write a photo caption correctly. Or post appropriate pictures that actually illustrate your caption. One or the other. Get it together.
— DebWeb (@debwillis) June 11, 2018
Journalist Phil Elliot pointed out the most glaring flaw in Nauert’s failed attempt to troll CNN – the event she references in her tweet was closed to the press:
One possible explanation for lack of coverage of this event could be that it was closed to the press. https://t.co/eoOKyhVd0y
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) June 11, 2018
Nauert’s latest gaff follows just a few days after she apparently forgot what happened on D-Day, citing the successful invasion and defeat of German forces by U.S. forces in WWII as an example of the “long standing” relationship between the two countries.
As a result, Twitter pounced, unleashing a slew of scathing retorts which would normally earn them a block from the president, but he’s not allowed to do that anymore:
Is the official spokesperson for the DOS seriously trying to troll a major media outlet? Do you actually think that is at-all appropriate for someone in your position to do over their official account? Is Shireen Dodson still the DOS ombudsman…?
— Timothy Smith (@tjsnh) June 11, 2018
Correct me if I'm wrong ,but wasn't this event closed to the press?
— nickxcom (@nickxcom) June 11, 2018
Hey, State Department. You are supposed to be working to uphold the constitution and American values throughout the world, not working with dictators to bring down our free press. Go back to Russia.
— JoeVet (@joevettweets) June 11, 2018
Please keep studying up on U.S.-German history. There will be a quiz.
— peter charbonneau (@pcharbonneau21) June 11, 2018
oh my … we are using Goebbel’s Lügenpresse approach today? AGAIN?
— MLP (@MLPSTA) June 11, 2018
Also, for anyone else who has spent the last few days thinking “why does Heather Nauert look familiar outside of politics?” this user who dubbed her “Tired Cameron Diaz” solved that mystery.
Hey, Tired Cameron Diaz! May want to check press access before attempting a comically inept troll of an organization with like a bazillion reporters and researchers?
BTW, we fought AGAINST Germany in World War II. #GOPKIndaDumb
— Jeffrey K. Walker (@JkwalkerAuthor) June 11, 2018