IT’S arguably one of the most recognisable flags in the world – but Donald Trump appeared to have a tough time remembering his nation’s emblem on Friday.
The US President was visiting a children’s hospital in Ohio when he joined a colouring in activity – but his efforts have been mercilessly mocked online.
AP:Associated Press Donald Trump concentrated hard as he coloured with kids at a children’s hospital in Ohio
The US flag, known as the Old Glory, is made up of 13 red and white stripes and a blue rectangle in one corner filled with 50 white stars to represent each state.
But the 72-year-old – with a face of pure concentration – seemed to add an extra blue stripe in pictures inadvertently shared by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.
Twitter users were quick to point out that it looked much closer to the Russian flag, which is made up of three horizontal layers of white, blue and red.
One wrote: “Maybe it’s not so wrong – looks like a poor attempt at the Russian flag.”
Twitter/Talia The US President was mocked on Twitter when he appeared to add an extra blue stripe to the US flag
Twitter/Talia People pointed out that it looked more like the Russian flag
Twitter/Talia The images were inadvertently shared by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar
Twitter/Talia Some were quick to defend the president though offering up theories like this one – where he was trying to support cops
Another said: “The kids are coloring American flags. Trump is coloring…a Russian flag.”
But not everyone thought he had messed up, in fact some said the ridicule was “petty” and pointed out it was merely a colouring activity with children.
Twitter user Danny said: “I’m not saying I like trump but y’all reaching way too hard , ‘he don’t color the flag correctly’ bruh its an arts and crafts project be creative he wanted a red white and blue design sheesh” (sic).
Another said: “Smh this sh*t is getting ridiculous! Did anyone stop to think the kid wanted him to use blue?
Reuters The President coloured in a US flag
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“I have grandkids and they are always picking the colors they want me to use when I color with them. So sick of the pettiness.”
Trump has come under criticism for forgetting words to some his nation’s beloved songs before.
In June, he appeared to forget the words to God Bless America during a ceremony celebrating patriotism at the White House.