St. Patrick’s Day of mistakes: Trump is wrong with an Irish proverb
Like every year, St. Patrick ‘s Eve was a day of celebration in Washington. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny went to the US capital to celebrate the Irish roots of the United States in the White House and Congress. He met with President Donald Trump and the legislative leadership. They all wore green ties and smiled.
But it was an uncomfortable visit for Kenny. About 40,000 people had signed a petition in favor of canceling the annual visit to Washington. During the US election campaign, the prime minister criticized Trump’s “racist and dangerous” language. The Irish emigrants, like Trump’s Mexicans now, felt in the past pointed out by the Americans.
Kenny was a diplomat on Thursday in Washington but threw some veiled darts at the Republican’s hard-hitting immigration policy, whose vice president and some of his closest advisers are of Irish origin.
“There are millions who want to make their contribution to America, who want to make America great,” he said in reference to Trump’s electoral motto. And it reiterated its claim that a way to the legalization is offered to the 50,000 Irish who are estimated to live without papers in the US and run the risk of being deported.
It was, nevertheless, one more day of cordiality than of divergences. That yes, plagued with errors. In his speech in Congress, Trump quoted an “Irish proverb”: “Always remember to forget friends who proved false, but never forget to remember those who have stayed with you,” he said.
However, several Irish on Twitter questioned the authenticity of the saying and others suggested that it was very similar to a poem by the Nigerian poet Albashir Adam Alhassan. According to the White House, the reference to the “proverb” came from the State Department. From what has transpired, Trump barely reads books.
It was not the only mistake. Paul Ryan, the president of Congress and of Irish origin, surprised by drawing a pint glass of Guinness at the end of his speech. But the social networks started to boil again. It was a “despicable pint” to many: without the thick white froth characteristic with which a black beer is served.