President Donald Trump met with several Republican Senators at the White House on Thursday about the administration’s plans for immigration reform — but things veered way off course.
During the meeting, Trump said his administration could do something “spectacular” regarding immigration policy and reiterated his point that any decision on bringing back the DACA program would have to include plans for a border wall with Mexico.
But during the pool spray, members of the press were more interested in asking the president about former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, after quotations from an upcoming book revealed how critical Bannon was of Trump. In the forthcoming book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon referred to Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Kremlin-linked Russians as “treasonous.”
Trump issued a fiery statement in response, in which he said Bannon had “lost his mind.”
“Did Steve Bannon betray you, Mr. President?” a reporter asked on Thursday.
“I don’t know, he called me a great man last night, he obviously changed his tune pretty quick,” Trump said, before noting that he does not maintain contact with Bannon.
“I don’t talk to him. That’s a misnomer,” Trump continued.
TRUMP ON BANNON JUST NOW — “I don’t talk to him. That’s a misnomer.” pic.twitter.com/IXi2DDmoFF
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) January 4, 2018
But Trump did not use the word “misnomer” correctly here. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a misnomer is “a use of a wrong or inappropriate name.” For instance, the dictionary notes, “the name ‘Greenland’ is a misnomer, since much of the island is covered by a massive ice sheet.”
Trump likely meant that it was a “misrepresentation,” or in simpler terms, a lie or a rumor.
Trump’s latest grammatical gaffe seems to add credence to one of the allegations in Wolff’s book — that Trump’s staff thinks he is only semi-literate.