Trump Cites Teleprompter in 'Airport' Speech Misfire

Device went out during his Lincoln Memorial address
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2019 2:26 PM CDT
President Trump speaks in the rain behind glass during an Independence Day celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Trump took a lot of ribbing on Twitter Friday over a mistake in his Independence Day speech. When discussing the Revolutionary War, he said: "Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do ..." Trump critics were thrilled to point out that air travel was still a long ways off in the 18th century, notes Business Insider. On Friday, Trump told reporters that his teleprompter went out right in the middle of that passage. "It just went out—it went kaput," said Trump, reports USA Today.

A reporter asked if that might explain the airport mistake. "Yeah, the teleprompter went out," said Trump. See his comments to the media here. “That's not a good feeling," said the president of the dark teleprompter. "You're standing in front of millions of millions of people on television and I don't know what the final count was but that (the crowd) went all the way back to the Washington Monument." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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