Trump mispronounced Nepal and Bhutan as 'Nipple' and 'Button' in a White House meeting with intelligence officials: report

Trump mispronounced Nepal and Bhutan as 'Nipple' and 'Button' in a White House meeting with intelligence officials: report
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

President Donald Trump has never been known for his grasp of geography or world affairs. But according to Time Magazine's John Walcott, who recently penned an article on the strained nature of Trump's intelligence briefings, his knowledge of South Asia is painfully, comically bad.


"There are a combination of things," Walcott told Brooke Baldwin during a discussion of Trump's increasingly strained relationship with national security officials. "The first is the president's ignorance, and that goes to the point that thinking that Nepal and Bhutan — which, incidentally, he also mispronounced as 'Nipple' and 'Button' — are part of India, which they're not."

"Wait, seriously?" asked Baldwin. "That's what he said?"

"Seriously," said Walcott. "Second is a lack of curiosity about the world, which is different from other presidents. There are other presidents who come into office, President Obama was one, with not a lot of experience in foreign affairs, but this president has very little curiosity."

Watch below:

Trump's lack of understanding of the world, combined with his lack of interest in what is true and what is false, goes further than not knowing about the existence of countries. It has also led him to reject intelligence reports, like the Worldwide Threat Assessment, because it contradicts his boasts that North Korea is denuclearizing and undercuts his justifications for canceling the Iran nuclear deal and building a border wall. And it has led him to call his own Director of National Intelligence, CIA and FBI directors "extremely passive and naive" for daring to release those findings. All of which threatens to undermine our intelligence officials' ability to do their job.

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