Reacting to the Sri Lanka explosion on Sunday, Donald Trump mistakenly overstated the death toll by hundreds of millions.
The US president wrote in a now-deleted tweet: “Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help!”
The death toll in the attacks is estimated at 207 people, with a further 450 injured. Trumps estimates of the casualties overestimates by some margin. The most recent United Nations figures set the population of Sri Lanka at 21.44 million.
Criticism of Trump’s post was swift with users from all over the world berating the leader for his faux pas.
138 million? Maybe you should wait for the facts pops.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 21, 2019
We are a population of 20 million. 138 million is mathematically impossible. Keep your icky condolences, we don't want it— Meg (@MegTegal) April 21, 2019
😅 138 million! More than thr population of Sri Lanka. We are now an empty Country as per Donald!!— rimaz (@rimazriz) April 21, 2019
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