As Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign tour since his inauguration, all eyes will be watching to see if Trump has the diplomatic skills needed to reassure our allies and bring them together. On this trip, the president will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican.
And, according to the White House’s Director of Social Media, Dan Scavino, the president will be also be visiting “Palestine.”
Scavino posted the following itinerary outlining each stop on Trump’s foreign tour on social media.
Towards the end of POTUS’s trip, Scavino wrote that Trump would be meeting with President Abbas in “Palestine,” a country that neither the United States nor Israel formally recognize as an actual country or nation.
Daily Wires’ conservative commentator, Ben Shapiro, was one of the first to call Scavino out on his error. “Even Obama didn’t say this. What the actual hell,” he wrote. Shapiro is obviously referring to Obama’s infamous 2009 Cairo speech in which he apologized for America’s supposed offenses while appealing to the Muslim world.
Now maybe we should give Scavino a break here. He may be new to the political world. Well, you got that right. His previous job title could shed some light on why he doesn’t know this. According to Forward, before Scavino became Trump’s social media manager, he worked as a general manager at Trump National Golf Club Westchester.
We have to assume, though, that someone new to this job might want to actually research everything before he posts it. “Palestine” has been a politically charged topic for decades. Israel adamantly refuses to discuss anything concerning a Palestinian statehood.
Because Trump has quite a few Jewish backers and will be visiting Israel during this trip, it might be in the administration’s best interest to correct this error immediately. Before an international incident occurs.
At the end of the day, this was probably an honest mistake. But as someone who should understand how critical factual communication is for any organization, especially the presidency, Scavino might want to doublecheck every word he posts – before it goes out to the entire world.