Donald Trump mispronounced Bhutan and Nepal as 'Button' and 'Nipple' and thought they belonged to India
According to Time's John Walcott, Trump displays a "lack of curiosity about the world which is different from other presidents"
President Donald Trump's "wilful ignorance" of international affairs was highlighted once again after a Time's journalist said that he pronounced Nepal as "Nipple" and Bhutan as "Button" during a White House security meeting with intelligence officials.
Time's foreign policy and national security correspondent John Walcott during an interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Tuesday said that the president also incorrectly stated that both the nations were a part of India.
"There are a combination of things. The first one is the president’s ignorance. That goes to the point of thinking that Nepal and Bhutan – which incidentally he also mispronounced a 'nipple' and 'button' – are part of India, which they’re not," Walcott said.
After Walcott made the statement, a visibly shocked Baldwin asked: "Wait, seriously? That's what he said?" To which Walcott replied with: "Seriously."
John Walcott @TIME shares his extraordinary reporting out today “'Willful Ignorance.' Inside President Trump's Troubled Intelligence Briefings. Added bonus: how Trump first pronounced Nepal (“nipple”) and Bhutan (“button”). Watch: #CNN pic.twitter.com/nVdzTwlQin— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) February 4, 2019
The Time correspondent was on CNN to discuss an article he wrote which was published over the weekend, and which alleges that intelligence community sources say that Trump poses a risk to national security because he exhibits a "wilful ignorance" on international affairs.
Walcott continued: "When he's briefed on something that doesn't square with his policy views or his personal views, he simply rejects it and goes his own way, and we've heard that time and time again. When he was briefed on the little Indian Ocean atoll of Diego Garcia - which is home to a very important military installation - in preparation for a meeting with Prime Minister May of Great Britain, he only had two questions."
"The first one was: "Are the people there nice?" and the second one was: "Are the beaches good?"'
Trump, according to Walcott, displays a "lack of curiosity about the world which is different from other presidents."
The CNN host then asked the Time correspondent what would happen if the president refused to listen to his advisors.
"The real underlying concern is what might happen if the nation is suddenly hit with a real national security crisis out of the blue,' Walcott told Baldwin. "How will the president respond? Will Trump stop and listen and think about that response first - or again, will he simply react on instinct?"