Trump once said that George Washington 'wasn't smart' for not putting his name on his own house

Greg Evans
Wednesday 10 April 2019 16:00
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Donald Trump, before he was a reality TV show personality and president of the United States of America, was a real-estate mogul who literally slapped his surname on any building he could get his hands on.

Everything from Trump Tower to Trump Plaza has he named across it and, by this point, we're surprised he hasn't tried to rename his current abode 'The Trump White House'.

This is quite clearly something that he is very fond of doing and he is often left clueless as to why other people don't do the same. This includes far more important and significant presidents.

According to a report by Politico, in April 2018, during a tour of the historic Mount Vernon, the home of the USA's first ever president, George Washington, Trump bemoaned the fact that Washington had neglected adding his name to the property.

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In Trump's wisdom, Washington was not smart for avoiding doing this to his house and that 'no one remembers you' if your name isn't on stuff.

Politico quotes Trump as saying:

If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it.

You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you.

French president Emmanuel Macron was with Trump on the tour, so goodness knows what he must have thought about this statement.

Yet, the idiocy of Trump's observation was soon made apparent to him.

The tour guide for the evening was Mount Vernon president and CEO Doug Bradburn who got one over on Trump, highlighting that while Washington didn't put his name on his building, he did manage to get the nation's capital named after him, which is slightly more impressive.

Trump is said to have replied with "good point" and a laugh.

Other weird moments on the visit are said to have included Trump asking how rich Washington was and admiring the bed that his presidential predecessor died in way back in 1799, calling it "a good bed to die in".

HT Politico

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