President Trump loves taking credit for things—even if they happened before he was born.
During an exchange with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela on Monday afternoon, Trump patted himself on the back for the fabulous job the United States did building the Panama Canal … in 1914.
“The Panama Canal is doing quite well,” Trump said. “I think we did a good job building it.”
Fortunately, the absurdity of the moment was not lost on President Varela, who was quick to point out that the canal was built over 100 years ago:
Additionally, the Panama Canal is now entirely controlled by Panama. The United States got permission to build the canal in 1904, and in 1977, former President Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty, which gave control of the canal back to Panama in 2000.
Naturally, Twitter had some thoughts about all of this:
Look on the bright side about Trump’s Panama Canal comments. It means he’s finally being president at a 4th grade level!
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) June 19, 2017
In response to the Bowling Green Massacre, President Andrew Jackson hired Donald Trump to build the Panama Canal to keep out the Australians
— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) June 19, 2017
I can see why Trump thinks he built the Panama Canal because it was built by underpaid minorities.
— Seth Goodtime (@SethGoodtime) June 19, 2017
Did trump just take credit for the Panama Canal? Does he know when it was built? Maybe he thinks Frederick Douglas was the head engineer.
— Kevin Lankes (@KevinLankes) June 19, 2017
Did you know that “A man, a plan, a canal: Panama” is a palindrome?
If you read it backwards it reads “Trump is a dangerous buffoon.”
— LibrarianShipwreck (@libshipwreck) June 19, 2017
Look on the bright side—at least Trump has a decent memory of his grade school history class.