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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.
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.
I before E except after C. https://t.co/0Qz2srkNFj— Brian Bilek (@BrianBilek_) April 26, 2019
Hail to the Cheif https://t.co/vc2TEJ0tGV— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) April 26, 2019
*sees Cheif trending*— Nicole Joy (@Joy657_) April 26, 2019
Me: Oh God he did it again, didn't he?..
*checks hashtag thread*
SARAH SANDERS: The President spelled Cheif correctly, despite what the fake media is telling you kids, the e always comes before the i, without exception. I have had constant calls this morning from Cheif Grammar Experts and they all agree. pic.twitter.com/kNpHEPmbF8— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) April 26, 2019
This ain't it, Cheif.....— ☘💚The Queen(17-6)💚☘ (@QueenLambright7) April 26, 2019
What a dummy...but he knows all the best words. 🤡🤡 pic.twitter.com/lCVqAsEBDx
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).