President Donald Trump occasionally exhibits difficulty with keeping his facts straight.
Recently he got details from his past wrong when he spoke about the death of musical icon Aretha Franklin.
On August 16th, following the passing of the Queen of Soul, Donald Trump decided to begin his cabinet meeting with a tribute to her life.
But unlike former President Barack Obama's heartfelt and eloquent social media posts, the 45th President stated:
"I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific — Aretha Franklin."
Watch the President's remarks here:
Trump on Aretha Franklin: "a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific." https://t.co/OODHn7F9oD— David Mack (@David Mack) 1534438557.0
According to Trump, Aretha Franklin "worked for [him] on numerous occasions". A frequent employee or hired entertainer may get to know their employer very well over the years.
There's only one problem. Trump's statement is not exactly true.
Internet sleuths and news agencies alike tried to substantiate that Donald Trump knew Aretha Franklin well and that she worked for him numerous times.
According to Snopes, the Queen of Soul was contracted on a few occasions to perform at Trump-owned properties, but she was never a direct employee of Donald Trump. There is also little evidence the two met more than once or twice—and only in passing—at functions they both attended or where Franklin performed, in the 1990s.
Only two events, both in the 90s, provided photo evidence that Trump and Franklin were ever in the same general vicinity at the same time.
Twitter could not handle the POTUS' perceived lack of "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" for the Queen.
@davidmackau Leave it to the most narcissistic, lying "person" not just on the planet, but in several galaxies, to… https://t.co/itEu7C0CzG— Bonita (@Bonita) 1534458422.0
BITCH I THINK THE FUCK NOT https://t.co/RyU5fjaLbz— andi zeisler (@andi zeisler) 1534436633.0
OBAMAS ON ARETHA: "Graced with a glimpse of the divine." CLINTONS ON ARETHA: "One of America's greatest national t… https://t.co/HSIqO6PoFF— Peter Daou (@Peter Daou) 1534437812.0
@peterdaou @p143aris He watches Fox News. Surprised he didn’t say “ Patti LaBelle is dead” like they did.— ActionP24 ⚓️#LiberalAF 🇨🇺🇺🇸 (@ActionP24 ⚓️#LiberalAF 🇨🇺🇺🇸) 1534462650.0
@AynRandPaulRyan Just the idea of Aretha Franklin working for ANYONE sounds wrong. The Lady worked for herself— Katherine Barber (@Katherine Barber) 1534452075.0
@AynRandPaulRyan @realDonaldTrump Aretha worked for you? Really? I noticed she didn’t sing at your mini inauguration.— minilindy (@minilindy) 1534452204.0
@nypost That's how he sees himself. That someone of the stature of Franklin worked for him. Was employed by him. Th… https://t.co/8Jxracp3lU— Barnett Newman's Stripe (@Barnett Newman's Stripe) 1534467623.0
@goldietaylor When Trump said this morning that Aretha Franklin worked for him, he was announcing his status above… https://t.co/1TWzq1tyLJ— JudgeYouHarshly (He/Him/His) 😷 💉🍁 (@JudgeYouHarshly (He/Him/His) 😷 💉🍁) 1534437452.0
@ddale8 'She worked for me...' Like the friggin hired help? Can he JUST NOT SPEAK?!?! Ugh— TomWarnock BlueOssoff (@TomWarnock BlueOssoff) 1534440682.0
First #Trump calls @RepMaxineWaters a low IQ person. Then, he calls #Omarosa a dog. Now he’s saying #QueenOfSoul… https://t.co/gIQzf17Db2— DL Hughley (@DL Hughley) 1534460850.0
Trump or someone on his staff later tweeted this tribute on the President's official Twitter account.