President Donald Trump is still facing fallout from his visit to the United Kingdom.
While speaking to the press, Trump claimed that Queen Elizabeth reviewed her honor guard for the first time in 70 years––all because of him. The president said:
We met with the queen, who is absolutely a terrific person, where she reviewed her Honor Guard for the first time in 70 years, they tell me. We walked in front of the Honor Guard and that was very inspiring to see and be with her. And I think the relationship, I can truly say is a good one. But she was very, very inspiring indeed.
Like many of Trump's statements in the past, this was false. In addition to the Queen only having reigned for 66 years, she has reviewed her guard numerous times, including for President Barack Obama in 2011.
Many on Twitter were quick to notice.
Has anyone fact-checked @realDonaldTrump claim about the Queen reviewing her honor guard for the first time in 70 y… https://t.co/kimPRn7yre— Mickey Rogers (@Mickey Rogers)1531862176.0
@CNN He lies about easily proven things all the time, plus the queen was not even queen 70 years ago, she became qu… https://t.co/MPh0MsYUnt— Mike [redacted] (@Mike [redacted])1531930073.0
It was far from Trump's only faux pas with Her Majesty.
During the same visit, Trump walked in front of the Queen during their procession, which many saw as a breach of etiquette. In another rather awkward instance, the Queen had to direct Trump on where to walk in their procession.
However, the lie is practically comical compared to the recent statements Trump is answering for in regards to his European trip.
In regards to the North American Treaty Organization, the president repeatedly claimed that the United States funds around 90 percent of NATO when, in reality, the country only supplies around 22 percent.
During his trip to the UK, Trump criticized the British Prime Minister Theresa May and, the day after, insisted he didn't, saying:
I didn't criticize the prime minister. I have a lot of respect for the prime minister. It didn't put in what I said about the prime minister, and I said tremendous things.
But his most damaging missteps came at the highest-stakes event: his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where Trump went on a diatribe about Hillary Clinton's emails and the Democratic National Committee server in order to discredit his own intelligence agencies and defend Putin.
It was these events and others that have led many to believe Trump's entire Europe trip was a disaster.
Trump’s trip to Europe is the single most chaotic and destructive of an American President. He has put us at odds… https://t.co/aqfdWRdTAM— Nicholas Burns (@Nicholas Burns)1531497428.0
Trump’s trip to Europe is looking more and more like his “lost weekend” moment. Parroting white nationalist propaga… https://t.co/d5IxwMQGy2— Charles Johnson (@Charles Johnson)1531680457.0
Trump's disastrous trip to Europe looks like a death dance. He behaves as if he knows that Mueller will tighten the… https://t.co/5W496liftG— Anders Åslund (@Anders Åslund)1531898478.0
As evidenced by his most recent comments about the Queen and her guard, the lies about his Europe trip aren't stopping just because the president is back on U.S. soil. The full impact these lies will have on diplomatic relations is yet to be seen.