Trump announced in July he was nominating former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. as ambassador to Russia.
The only problem was the White House's statement revealing the pick spelled his name "John."
—Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 18, 2017
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Trump added to his lexicographical lowlight reel in May when he tweeted about Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general he fired in January.
Yates was gearing up to testify before a Senate subcommittee about her role in the dismissal of former national security adviser Michael Flynn when Trump chimed in.
"Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council," Trump said on Twitter.
The offense here is "council" — a perfectly valid word, but not in this context. Two hours later, Trump deleted the tweet and replaced it with one containing the correct word, "counsel."
Merriam-Webster did not spare him an English lesson, to the delight of spelling aficionados everywhere.
—Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 8, 2017
About a week later, Trump stumbled over the same word, this time adding a unique twist — he spelled it "councel," which is wrong in any context. Merriam-Webster corrected the record once more.
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President Trump's most infamous typo occurred in December, when he described the Chinese seizure of a US Navy drone as an "unpresidented act."
After the spelling miscue was widely mocked online, Trump deleted the tweet and replaced it with a correctly spelled version four hours later.
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2016
"Tapp my phones"
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
In March, Trump brought political discourse to a halt with a stunning claim — that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his office in 2016.
"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" the president tweeted.
The unsubstantiated claim was widely criticized, and FBI Director James Comey later testified that "the department has no information that supports those tweets."
But if baselessly accusing his predecessor of a felony wasn't enough, Trump's original tweet also contained an egregious spelling error — it's "tap," not "tapp."
"No challenge is to great"
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Trump's official inauguration poster contained a glaring usage mistake, albeit one that plenty of English speakers commit.
"No dream is too big, no challenge is to great," the text on the poster read, superimposed over a picture of a beaming Trump.
It should have said "no challenge is too great." The fact that the first part of the sentence contains the correct too suggests this mistake may have been a simple typo. Nevertheless, the blunder was roundly criticized, and reflected poorly on Trump's inexperienced team.
"Attaker,' "San Bernadino," "Denmakr"
—Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) February 7, 2017
In February, the White House released a list of 78 terrorist attacks it said went "underreported" after Trump said journalists were ignoring terrorist attacks around the world.
The list was problematic for several reasons — one of them being that many of the incidents on the list had been extensively covered by the media.
But the presentation of the list earned some disapproval as well.
About halfway down the list, the word "attacker" suddenly morphed into "attaker," which appeared more than 20 times. The list included the terrorist attack in "San Bernadino, CA," a misspelling of San Bernardino. And at one point Denmark is spelled "Denmakr."
Critics blasted the White House for publishing the hastily prepared list — and for not using a spell-checker.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump at the White House in January, 2017. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Back in January, the White House misspelled the name of British Prime Minister Theresa May three times in the official schedule of May's visit to the US.
Making matters worse, the particular spelling the White House chose, "Teresa May," happens to be the name of a British porn star.
"Hearby," "here by"
—Mike Madden (@MikeMadden) March 3, 2017
Trump struggled not once but twice to spell "hereby" correctly in March, spelling the word "hear by" in one tweet, and in an attempt to self-correct, "hearby" in another.
Sandwiching the two tweets was a call for education reform — more unfortunate optics for the president.
—US Dept of Education (@usedgov) February 12, 2017
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