President of the United States and geography expert Donald Trump just confused Israelis today by suggesting the country was not in the Middle East.
Gregg Carlstrom, a reporter with the Times of London, tweeted that prior to meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Trump told reporters that he “just got back from the Middle East,” referring to several days spent in Saudi Arabia.
Trump, in remarks before meeting with Rivlin, says “we just got back from the Middle East.”
— Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) May 22, 2017
The stupidity of the remark is particularly stunning, in that Israel is only separated from Saudi Arabia by Jordan. And according to this map from Kids Brittanica, Israel is smack-dab in the center of the Middle East, assuming that Brittanica’s definition of the Middle East — which spans from Morocco to Afghanistan — is correct.
Trump’s first international trip as president has proven eventful, as the president managed to turn even his most ardent supporters against him by bowing to the Saudi king to receive a medal, and by pulling back from his Islamophobic campaign rhetoric when speaking about Islamic extremism in the Saudi capital.