Trump made his disdain for leaders like Angela Merkel very clear, but seemed to respect Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. When Erdoğan won a contested referendum that extended his powers as President and virtually removed all power from their parliament, Trump called to congratulate him—something. But even if Trump likes Erdoğan, that didn’t stop him from once again embarrassing the United States.
The first thing Trump did was mispronounce Erdoğan’s name. Phonetically, his name is pronounced ehr-doe-wahn. (If you have trouble remembering it, think Obi-Wan’s disappointing brother Erdo-Wan). Trump kept pronouncing it with a hard G:
#Trump keeps pronouncing Turkish President Erdogan’s name completely wrong. Keeps saying ErdoGONE, sounds like an idiot (as usual) 😂
— Sam Willey🏳️🌈 (@SamWiseSW) May 16, 2017
A press conference with a fellow world leader is not the place to show ignorance—and Twitter erupted to point out Trump’s buffoonery:
— Michael S. Smith II (@MichaelSSmithII) May 16, 2017
Has no one told POTUS how to pronounce Erdogan?
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) May 16, 2017
No one in the White House could teach Trump how to pronounce Erdogan’s name correctly?
— Karoli (@Karoli) May 16, 2017
They need to add more bullets to his one page briefings. How to pronounce world leader’s names seems like a good start. https://t.co/5yTbiFEjMx
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 16, 2017
Trump admires Erdoğan rising to autocracy, but can’t even say the guy’s name right.