During his joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Norway Wednesday afternoon. Donald Trump proudly announced that the United States had sold Norway some of our F-52 fighter jets. As individuals across social media quickly pointed out – there are no F-52 fighter jets.
See the following tweet from Business Insider
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) January 10, 2018
But it gets even better. The first response to this tweet was from a Trump supporter
B-52s – and you and everyone else knew what he meant.
— Dustin Lyle (@DustinLyle) January 10, 2018
Here is a response in the same thread that points out a critical fact regarding B-52s
Having flown B-52s for a living some years ago, I can assure you the Norwegians would want something a little… newer. I can also assure you the American military aircraft ending in "52" is decidedly NOT a fighter plane.
Had Trump actually gone to Vietnam, he'd know this.
— Jeffrey K. Walker (@JkwalkerAuthor) January 10, 2018
Not exactly. Because as many people also pointed out, the B-52 hasn’t been made since the 1960s. So surely Norway would want something a little new, more state-of-the-art fighter jet.
Do we have a super duper secret fighter jet called the F-52? Did Trump just casually drop a huge, classified secret before the entire world? Sadly, the answer to the first question is “no.” Gladly, the answer to the second question is also “no.”
Now the Business Insider does report that the United States recently sold 52 F-35 fighter jets to Norway, so it is far more likely that the details on the deal somehow got scrambled up in the synapses of Trump’s super genius brain.
Now everyone makes mistakes. Some of us more than others. But few of us as many as Trump. However, this one may not be entirely Trump’s fault. Earlier in the day, the White House sent out a schedule stating that Trump would be meeting with the Prime Minister of Normay. No, that is not my typo, it’s the White House’s mistake. But the devil, as they say, is in the details.
If you have a president or a presidential staff that cannot get the easy things right, how on earth are they going to deal with a complex crisis? Like North Korea. Or Iran.