Trump map puts Corsica in Italy

US president gets his geography wrong in message about his first state visits

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CORSICA woke up this morning to discover it had been annexed by Italy – at least in the eyes of President Trump.

Telling Facebook followers of his “very exciting trip ahead” to show the world that “America is back”, Mr Trump revealed the itinerary of his first state visits – to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium – with his map showing that Corsica firmly as part of Italy.

Which is fake news. Incompetent White House. Sad.

America may be back but the president’s geography is backward. Sardinia is part of Italy but Corsica is – despite nationalist challenges – still French.

As he is in Brussels today and tomorrow for the Nato summit it is to be hoped that the target maps for the US long-range missiles are better drawn and that he has no intention of annexing either Mexico or Canada for the US.

Huffington Post website pointed out that US geography errors have a long background – with the National Geographic noting in 2006 that the great majority of young American adults could not pinpoint Iraq on the globe and thought Sudan was in Asia.

That is not to say journalists know better as CNN showed Ukraine in China, Iraq in Germany and Hong Kong in Brazil.

Despite this, the oft-quoted claim that only one in 10 Americans has a passport is also fake news… State Department figures from 2014 show that the real number is 46%... although Huffington Post has said only 3.5% of them use it to travel the world.

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