US President Donald Trump became the butt of jokes on Sunday when he erroneously tweeted the death toll in serial blasts in Sri Lanka as ‘138 million’ instead of 138. Trump later deleted his tweet.
Expressing his condolences to the island nation, Trump tweeted, “Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help.”
Apparently, Sri Lanka’s population is only around 21 million.
Trump later tweeted a corrected version of his earlier tweet.
138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
People were quick to react to this gaffe by the US President. Here are some of the reactions to the president’s tweet.
You might want to revise that death toll @realDonaldTrump. Not everything is measured in millions. How “heartfelt” can the condolences be if you aren’t even concentrating on the message of condolence when sending it out? pic.twitter.com/zujGPLCUqj
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) April 21, 2019
HE’S OUT OF BED AGAIN!!!
— Alan Pender (@AlanPender) April 21, 2019
— Saz The Waz (@AKA_S_NailArt) April 21, 2019
His auto correct always puts million behind any number….
— Baronbystander (@baronbystander) April 21, 2019
138 million? pic.twitter.com/JHYu0lgTHr
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) April 21, 2019
Easter Miracle…. 137,999,962 people just came back from the dead pic.twitter.com/oElV3Wx8B9
— James Osborne (@jamesianosborne) April 21, 2019
These two tweets, 16 minutes apart. Sad. pic.twitter.com/D5A3S2miZf
— Troels Jensen (@fedderjensen) April 21, 2019
At least 160 people, including 35 foreigners, were killed and over 400 injured after simultaneous blasts rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. At least eight explosions were reported including at least three in churches and three in hotels frequented by tourists, reported Reuters.