Will Trump finally learn the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah?

A few months ago, Donald Trump revealed he did not know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah. (File photos: AFP/ Reuters)

A few months ago, Donald Trump revealed he did not know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah.

In an interview with conservative talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt last September, the then Republican Presidential candidate fumbled when he was asked to identify the leaders of major militant groups, including Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah.

After Trump admitted that he couldn’t, Hewitt went further and asked him: “So the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas does not matter to you yet, but it will?”

Trump replied: “It will when it’s appropriate. I will know more about it than you know, and believe me, it won’t take me long.

“No, you know, I’ll tell you honestly, I think by the time we get to office, they’ll all be changed. They’ll be all gone.

“The names you just mentioned, they probably won’t even be there in six months or a year,” he added.

This sounded odd, however, especially when referring to Nasrallah, who has led Hezbollah since 1992.

Still, Trump was persistent, saying he’d know more as soon as he took office – on his first day as president.

“I will know far more than you know within 24 hours after I get the job,” he told Hewitt.

On Twitter, British news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy was “reminding” Trump what he said back in September, wondering whether he will actually learn the difference between the Middle Eastern groups after he takes office.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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