President Trump isn’t the first commander in chief to flub a line, but he’s probably the only one to be accused of trying to ban chocolate.
As the pro-weed blog Marijuana Moment noted, Trump mistakenly referred to coca, the plant used to make cocaine, as “cocoa” — as in, the hot, steamy beverage served with marshmallows or, loosely, the bean that creates chocolate — during his remarks Monday at a United Nations event addressing drug policies.
Trump made the error in reference to working with Colombian President Ivàn Duque. (Watch the video at about the 7-minute mark.)
“We look forward to partnering with his new administration to eradicate cocoa production in his country,” he said. “All of us must work together to dismantle drug production and defeat drug addiction.”
A White House transcript correctly identifies “coca production,” not delicious cocoa, as the thing Trump is trying to eradicate.
Twitter, of course, was quick to pounce on the mistake.
Trump announces he wants to eradicate "cocoa" production in Colombia. 🙄
What does he have against hot chocolate? Don't declare war on Swiss Miss. Everybody knows the Swiss are neutral! https://t.co/fjHKaCdB5q
— Sanho Tree (@SanhoTree) September 24, 2018
Trump wants to partner with Colombia to eradicate cocoa production, effectively eliminating chocolate in the country… https://t.co/RNBusQUlwv
— John Lundin 🌊 (@johnlundin) September 24, 2018
— Blue away (@dh2252) September 25, 2018
I contacted my Columbian Cocoa connection. He’s sending me as much as he can get before Trump eradicates it. I can’t live without my Columbian cocoa.😂
— Ginny from Texas! (@GinnyMac55) September 25, 2018
Trump wants to eradicate cocoa??? pic.twitter.com/MgkxwJPmNv
— President of the Virgin Islands (@GottaChangeIt) September 25, 2018
The good news is it’s almost certain that this was just a slip of the tongue and not an actual crackdown on chocolate. The bad news is that this is the second time Trump has made the gaffe. Behold, his reference to “cocoa cultivation” in a speech last year.
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