President Donald Trump stood next to Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny at the Friends of Ireland luncheon on Thursday as he recited his favorite "Irish" proverb:
“Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you,” recited Trump. “We know that, politically speaking.”
But many Irish folk took to Twitter to question the authenticity of his St. Patty's festive proverb. Take a look:
This is utter bollocks Trump— Planet Belfast (@Planet_Belfast) March 16, 2017
'Irish proverb' my arse https://t.co/kK4BEUbxHD
Some claimed that, instead of Ireland, the post actually originated from Nigerian poet Albashir Adam Alhassan:
OK I've found trump's 'irish' proverb. pic.twitter.com/ZsWPUvqDDL— cólz (@colz) March 16, 2017
Still, some are backing the president up, claiming that there are several websites that list the saying as an old Irish proverb. Did Trump's team find the saying on one of those outlets?
One of his staff is definitely trolling him now, and it's brilliant— Vanessa Furey (@VanessaFurey) March 16, 2017
Trump: 'quick, find me an Irish proverb!'
Staffer: 'Sure Mr President.. https://t.co/cCuOyh1afV
Trump's Irish Proverb may have been written by Albashir Adam Alhassan but to be fair it IS in the second Google hit for "Best Irish Proverb" pic.twitter.com/53sXOi1EHr— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) March 16, 2017
So what's the bottom line? Where the heck did this saying originate? We may have better luck spotting a leprachaun than actually finding out the answer this St. Patty's Day!
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