The misspelled and mismatched names of public figures — from presidential nominees to foreign leaders — and the series of embarrassing typos (“to"/"too” and “attaker"/"attacker,” to name a couple) by President Trump's administration have been pretty well documented.
And on Tuesday, the White House added one more to its growing collection of bungled names.
A news release sent to reporters announced that Trump is nominating John Huntsman Jr. to be the United States's ambassador to Russia. The first name of the nominee, who's also the former governor of Utah and former ambassador to China, is Jon. It was, however, spelled correctly in the follow-up sentence about his nomination.
Oh look! The White House misspelled the name of its newly nominated Ambassador to Russia. pic.twitter.com/RGC5J1RaZ2
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) July 19, 2017
The error does not appear in the announcement on the White House website, but many on social media immediately shared images of the statement — along with familiar mockeries of the steady stream of spelling and grammatical mishaps from the White House.
They've become so prevalent that news outlets, including The Washington Post, have published running lists of the times that spell check failed the administration. Merriam-Webster also has built an online reputation for trolling Trump's Twitter gaffes. (Remember honer, chocker and leightweight? Covfefe, anyone?)
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski pounced on the most recent mistake Wednesday morning, saying criticisms of the White House's misspellings have gone beyond just lighthearted jabs.
“You might call all the spelling mistakes unpresidented,” Brzezinski said, repeating Trump's misspelling of the word “unprecedented.” “Now, on the one hand, we're having some fun here. I'm not having fun, actually. To be honest; I just read that. This is just embarrassing. I think the press shop at this White House, the communication's office — it's a horror show, and it doesn't start and end with the spelling.”
White House press release initially spells Jon Huntsman "John Huntsman." This administration is ludicrously bad at spelling/proofreading.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 18, 2017
Some of the errors went beyond simple typos.
In April, the White House press team shared with reporters a routine news release of the text of a briefing by “Secretary of Commerce Steven Mnuchin and Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn.” Mnuchin is not Trump's commerce secretary; he's the treasury secretary.
Earlier this month, a news release misidentified Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of “the Republic of China.” Xi is the president of the People's Republic of China. Tsai Ing-wen is the president of the Chinese nationalist government on the island of Taiwan, which claims to be the Republic of China.
That mistake may seem like a minor oversight, but not to those who understand the complexity and sensitivity around the long-standing rift between China and Taiwan — and the United States's place in it. The error seemed egregious enough that the White House later apologized to China, describing the mistake as a technical error.
But that was just one of two flubs from the White House's press shop that day. Another news release incorrectly referred to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as “President Abe of Japan.”
And then there's “Teresa May,” the name of a former British soft-porn actress that appeared in a memo and official schedule sent to the media in January. The White House, of course, was referring to Theresa May, the British prime minister.
Other gaffes aren't on paper.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer referred to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “Joe” during a news conference in February.
Perhaps one of the more widely mocked errors is a list of 78 terrorist attacks that the White House released in February. It used the spelling “attaker” instead of “attacker.” Not once, but more than two dozen times.
White House released list of 78 terrorist attacks it says were "under-reported."
In 27/78, "Attacker" is spelled "attaker."
— Prof Dynarski (@dynarski) February 7, 2017
Notwithstanding the frequency of typos and misspellings, they aren't exclusive to the Trump White House.
The Obama White House misspelled “February” in several daily schedules sent in “Feburary” of 2015. President Barack Obama's press office also misspelled Ronald Reagan's name twice in a 2014 news release.
Nicole Lewis and Amber Phillips contributed to this report.