Trump blames teleprompter for ‘airports’ flub during Fourth of July speech

The president has yet to explain his claim about airports in colonial America.

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President Donald Trump has been subjected to ridicule after claiming that the United States Army defended airports during the American Revolution.


WASHINGTON– President Donald Trumpsaid Friday that a teleprompter mishapled to his much-mocked July Fourth flub in which he talked aboutdefending airports during the American Revolution.

”The teleprompter went out,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

”It just went out – it went kaput.”

During hisIndependence Day speech paying tribute to the military, Trump sowed confusion when he began talking about air defenses during the American Revolution, which took place more than a century before the invention of the airplane.

”Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports,” Trump said of the fighting force created by the Continental Congress in 1775.

There was no air travel in 18th Century America.

Trump, who has derided Democratic opponents like Hillary Clinton for using teleprompters, did make use of one for his big July Fourthspeech. But he said the rain foiled its usefulness.

“I guess the rain knocked out the teleprompter,” he said. “Iknew the speech very well, so I was able to do it without a teleprompter. And it was hard to look at it anyway.”

Trump did not explain why, given the failure of the teleprompter, he began talking about airports in colonial America.

Here is Trump’s full riff on the American Revolution military:

In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief.The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis ofYorktown. Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at FortMcHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant.


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