The White House on Friday issued a press release on women entrepreneurs and business leaders that probably needed another set of eyes.
Reuters reporter Patricia Zengerle noticed an awkward typo in the press release dedicated to President Donald Trump‘s efforts to help women and minorities succeed. A sentence that mentions the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders launched in February by Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ends mysteriously with five question marks.
As in, did Trump and Justin Trudeau actually launch a Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders?
So this happened – The White House sent out a release with five question marks after a mention of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. pic.twitter.com/VTResBC2MJ— Patricia Zengerle (@ReutersZengerle) March 10, 2017
Luckily for Canadian and American women, yes, Trudeau and Trump actually did launch the council following a roundtable of women business leaders in February.
Reporters and the public have noticed a pattern of typos and spelling errors in White House documents since Trump took office in January not seen before in prior administrations. The White House accidentally referred to American Samoa as “American Sonoma” in a press release on attorney generals. The word “delivered” was misspelled in a White House graphic on veterans. A list of terrorist attacks released by the White House had several typos. There was a typo on marketing material for Trump’s official inauguration print. And it took the president three tries to spell the word “hereby” correctly in a tweet calling for the investigation of two members of Congress.
Perhaps now would be a good time to appoint a White House copy editor.