It was an embarrassing moment for the President of the United States Donald Trump during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday, when he boasted about being great friends with opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, who had died in 2007.
Trump told Gentiloni, “Through the ages your country has been a beacon of artistic and scientific achievement. That continues today.” “From Venice to Florence to Verdi to Pavarotti – friend of mine,” President Trump said. “Great friend of mine,” he concluded.
Trump was reading from a prepared speech praising Italy’s “artistic and scientific achievements”, but made these remarks when he went off script in between.
During the race for the White House the Trump campaign frequently used Pavarotti’s works without permission. Pavarotti’s family sent a letter requesting they stop using his music.
The Guardian claims in 2002 reported that Pavarotti once gave such a lackluster performance at one of Trump’s Atlantic City casinos that Trump demanded Pavarotti return his fee for the event.
During Black History Month in February, Donald Trump referred to 19th century civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglass in the present tense, making clear he had no idea who Douglas was.
Over the weekend Donald Trump gave an interview to Fox News which revealed that he believes current North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and his late father Kim Jong-Il are the same person.