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Trump blames teleprompter for revolutionary war 'airports' gaffe in July 4 speech

"The teleprompter went out," Trump said on Friday. "Right in the middle of that sentence it went out." He added: "I knew the speech very well so I was able to do it without a teleprompter." The White House did not release a text of the speech that had been prepared for him so it's not known what he meant to say.

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Washington Published on: July 06, 2019 12:35 IST
President Trump on Friday blamed inclement weather and a
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President Trump on Friday blamed inclement weather and a malfunctioning teleprompter for flubbing part of his Independence Day speech. 

US President Donald Trump has blamed a faulty teleprompter for his claim at a event on July 4 that the Continental Army "took over the airports" during the Revolutionary War in the 1770s.

Trump's recitation of highlights from American history in his speech detoured into a mashup of war and centuries. He segued from the Revolutionary War to modern times and back to the War of 1812 so fast that it seemed he thought George Washington's forces seized airports, ages before airplanes existed — though he did not state that was his belief.

"The teleprompter went out," Trump said on Friday. "Right in the middle of that sentence it went out." He added: "I knew the speech very well so I was able to do it without a teleprompter."

The White House did not release a text of the speech that had been prepared for him so it's not known what he meant to say.

As a light rain fell, he told the crowd about 15 minutes before the end of his event: "The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown." After an unintelligible reference to an army at the "ramparts," he went on: "It took over the airports. It did everything it had to do. And at Fort McHenry, under the rockets' red glare, it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant."

Trump then proceeded in a more chronological fashion, mentioning the Civil War and the world wars.

The Battle of Fort McHenry took place in 1814, when Americans repulsed a British attempt during the War of 1812 to take over Baltimore. It inspired the poem and song that became the national anthem more than a century later, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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