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Trump misspells ‘chief,’ sending Twitter into a frenzy

'Cheif' joins the likes of 'covfefe' and 'hamberder.'


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Apr 26, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 1:55 pm CDT

President Donald Trump posted an unattributed quote someone said about him on Twitter Friday morning, and in the process misspelled the word “chief,” leading to the incorrect spelling to trend on Twitter.

“‘President Donald J. Trump is the greatest hostage negotiator that I know of in the history of the United States. 20 hostages, many in impossible circumstances, have been released in last two years. No money was paid.’ Cheif [sic] Hostage Negotiator, USA!” Trump wrote.

Donald Trump Cheif

Right before posting the quote, Trump tweeted that “no money was paid” to North Korea in exchange for the return of Otto Warmbier, who was arrested in the country in 2016 and returned to the United States in 2017. He died a few days later.

It would appear that the quote was in reference to the president’s tweet about Warmbier, a hostage in North Korea. The Washington Post reported that the White House spokesperson said the president was referring to remarks by Robert O’Brien, who served as an envoy to the administration for hostage affairs.

Meanwhile, the misspelling of “chief” quickly became a trend on Twitter.

It is the latest Twitter mishap that has sent Twitter into a frenzy, following the likes of “covfefe” and “hamberder.”


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*First Published: Apr 26, 2019, 9:51 am CDT