What in the covfefe?
On Monday, President Donald Trumpmet with the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, at the White House. During their meeting, the two world leaders discussed important international topics such as, uh, the Panama Canal.
“The Panama Canal is doing quite well,” Trump said during a photo opportunity with Varela. “I think we did a good job building it, right?”
We did a great job bulldog the Panama Canal. Didn't we?"— Dana Resigns (@frreigns) June 19, 2017
"Yes, 100 years ago." President Varela with shade!! pic.twitter.com/KViveiyul2
To which Varela immediately responded, “Yeah. One hundred years ago.”
Yet, Varela’s shade didn’t even register with Trump, who then said,
“We did a very good job.”
Trump tries to take credit for doing a "good job" w the Panama Canal…— William LeGate (@williamlegate) June 19, 2017
…the President of Panama reminds him it was built 100 years ago pic.twitter.com/wGGYly1gou
Naturally, no one really knows why Trump made that statement.
Oh, dear God.— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 19, 2017
Trump is meeting with Panama's leader at WH.
"The Panama Canal is doing quite well. We did a good job building it, right?"
As usual, Twitter has its theories.
For instance, some think that it’s just Trump, in typical Trump fashion, taking credit for something he didn’t actually do.
I can't believe Donald Trump took credit for the Panama Canal like Frederick Douglass wasn't out there with a shovel every day.— Settle In, Babies (@alexandraerin) June 19, 2017
I only got a 3 on the AP US History exam because I missed the "Trump built the Panama Canal" question.— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) 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
Trump just took credit for building the Panama Canal.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 19, 2017
Now he's pissed off the ghost of Teddy Roosevelt.
'The Panama Canal had a very limited role in the campaign' ~ Sean Spicer, probably.— Tami (@tamiappleseed) June 19, 2017
While others think he was just poorly prepared for the meeting.
Imagine being so ill-prepared to meet a world leader that what you talk about is the freaking Panama Canal.pic.twitter.com/h7ycSt5obH— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) June 19, 2017
When there's a pop quiz and you didn't do the reading.— Rob Tannenbaum (@tannenbaumr) June 19, 2017
There’s also a fair amount of people who think Trump was simply playing word association and said the first thing that came to his head when he thought of the word “Panama”:
he just says things. he says the first thing that enters his head. panama.... canal. we're lucky he didn't say "and their hats are great"— libby watson 🥞 (@libbycwatson) June 19, 2017
And, of course, there were a few folks who just wanted to make a solid Trump joke.
The Panama Canal is being recognized more and more. https://t.co/z9QVVzGdxP?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 19, 2017
Getting tricky: How do I mix in Bowling Green, Frederick Douglass, Andrew Jackson, Panama Canal & Lincoln's GOP status into a tweet?— John Weaver (@JWGOP) June 19, 2017
We did a great job building the Panama Canal. And I'd also like to congratulate Thomas Edison for the incredible work he's doing!— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) June 19, 2017
The Panama Canal was a winning issue for Ronald Reagan https://t.co/aHzkeFvPx3?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 19, 2017
Panama Canal Built:— Baseball (@baseballminutia) June 19, 2017
1 month into WW1
5 years before Prohibition
5 years before women could vote
But in Trumps brain... pic.twitter.com/0dNvzxr1cc
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 would donate $5000 to Trump's reelection campaign if he could point to a spot within 1000 miles of the Panama Canal on a map.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) June 19, 2017
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
Yet, why Trump said what he said — much like most of the things that fly out of his mouth — will most likely remain a mystery.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.