Let’s get this out of the way first. It’s TAHN-zuh-nee-ah and not Tahn-ZAH-nee-uh.
On Monday, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump gave a rare foreign policy speech at the Mayflower hotel in Washington. During the real estate mogul’s 38-minute lesson plan for U.S. relations abroad, which he read from a teleprompter, Trump mispronounced the name of the east African country. And if the press in the room didn’t catch it, social media couldn’t let it go.
And neither would the White House.
When told about Trump’s verbal gaffe, White House spokesman Josh Earnest couldn’t resist the burn.
“Apparently the phonetics aren’t included on the teleprompter,” joked Earnest during his daily media briefing.
In the past, Trump has made much about his political opponents’ use of teleprompters. During a campaign stop in Georgia in October he told the crowd, “I’ve always said, if you run for president, you shouldn’t be allowed to use teleprompters. Because you don’t even know if the guy’s smart.” More recently, in January, he accused Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, of using “the biggest teleprompters” he’d ever seen.