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Sri Lanka: Trump erases condolence tweet after talking about "138 million dead"

2019-04-21T11:39:56.192Z

The US president wanted to offer his condolences on Twitter after deadly attacks in Sri Lanka. But he multiplied the number of victims by one million, before removing the wrong tweet.



The US president wanted to offer his condolences on Twitter after deadly attacks in Sri Lanka. But he multiplied the number of victims by one million, before removing the wrong tweet.

It's called a tweet-fail, and it's always a lot more embarrassing when you're the president of the United States and you have about 60 million followers. On Sunday, Donald Trump wanted to send a message on Twitter to wake up (at midday in France), as he is used to react to the news. Faced with the series of attacks that left at least 160 dead in Sri Lanka, the head of state has presented his "sincere condolences", ensuring that the United States was "ready to provide [their] help." But he also regretted by mistake the death of "138 million people".

The fault deleted and replaced by an error. This is obviously a typo (which nevertheless raises a real problem of scale, the total population of Sri Lanka being of the order of 22.5 million people), that Donald Trump has a good fortnight minutes to erase. A new message said a little later 138 dead, which is still inaccurate but a little less wrong anyway.

138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more than 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019

In between, Donald Trump took the time to wish everyone a happy Easter. "I have never been happier or happier because your country is doing so well, with an economy that the world is talking about that could be stronger than ever before," he wrote.

Happy Easter! I have never been happier or more satisfied with your country. Have a great day!

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019

Source: europe1

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