Trump refers to Virgin Islands governor as its 'president'

Trump refers to Virgin Islands governor as its 'president'

"Can't wait for the summit between Trump's President of the Virgin Islands & Rick Perry's President of Puerto Rico", he wrote.

President Trump made a rare understatement about the size of his portfolio Friday, when he said during a press conference that he had "met with the president of the Virgin Islands" on a trip to discuss recent hurricane damage.

Trump was apparently referring to Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp when he mentioned the "president" of the US territory, who is Trump himself. Which is all well and good, except for the fact that the U.S. Virgin Islands don't have their own president-Trump is the President of the U.S. territory.

Later on, he added, "The Virgin Islands and the president of the Virgin Islands, these are people that are incredible people. They've suffered gravely and we'll be there-we're going to be there". "We have, really. It is not even a question of choice".

As noted by CNN's Kaitlan Collins, the official White House transcript of the president's remarks actually crosses out the word "president" and replaces it with the correct title: "governor of the Virgin Islands". The Virgin Islands were hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria 12 days apart. It could be entirely possible that the President had a conversation with himself while he was visiting the Virgin Islands.

After saying that Puerto Rico was "a country that already had its challenges before this storm", Perry was interrupted by Rep Kathy Castor who told him "It's America".

During a subcommittee hearing, Perry referred to the island territory as a "country."

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