Donald Trump misstated the population of South Korea’s capital city by around 28 million people, minutes after informing a press conference he understood the nation “better than anybody”.
The United States president was reacting indignantly to a concern about coronavirus screening capability from PBS NewsHour press reporter Yamiche Alcindor, when he questioned her about her understanding of Seoul.
“I know South Korea better than anybody,” he stated.
“It’s a very tight – do you know how many people are in Seoul? Do you know how big the city of Seoul is? 38 million people. That’s bigger than anything we have.”
Official price quotes of the city’s population put it at simply over 10 million.
It is uncertain how Mr Trump got to the figure of 38million The city including the city is the 5th biggest worldwide, with 25 million residents, while the nation has an overall population of around 51 million.
Some speculated that the president might have puzzled the number with Seoul’s elevation above water level, which is 38 metres.
Mr Trump’s previous geographical imperfections have actually been commonly recorded.
A previous report recommended he explained Belgium was “a beautiful city”, while another declared he blended the Baltic states with the Balkans in a conference with bemused leaders of the former.
The presidents of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania were stated to have actually been mystified when he blamed them for beginning wars that activated the break up of Yugoslavia.