President Donald Trump stated during his campaign run, and after, that he was “non-braggadocious.” But Trump’s use of language laden with superlatives is well documented.
Most, best, biggest and other such grandiose terms describing his own accomplishments dot all of the President’s speeches and tweets. On Tuesday, the President tweeted, according to an unnamed and unlinked poll, he was “the most popular Republican in the history of the Party.”
Two of the four Presidents on Mount Rushmore are Republicans. According to Trump’s tweet however he surpassed the popularity of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
So when the President shared a letter sent in Korean from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as an official White House translation, people noticed certain aspects of the language in the English translation transcript.
The letter, according to the official White House translation, refers to the President as “Your Excellency” five times, capitalized each time. The letter is only four sentences long.
The full transcript of the body of the letter, seen below, contains a wealth of superlatives and praise. But how much is lost in translation? Or is there another reason for the language choices?
The significant first meeting with Your Excellency and the joint statement that we signed together in Singapore 24 days ago was indeed the start of a meaningful journey. I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement. I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition. Wishing that the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions, I extend my conviction that the epochal process in promoting DPRK-U.S. relations will bring our next meeting forward.”
For example, the header shows “H.E. Donald J. Trump”, for “His Excellency Donald J. Trump”. Is the use of Your Excellency simply meant as “Sir?”
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