Trump recalls meeting with 'president' of US Virgin Islands - which is the POTUS himself

FILE - President Donald Trump. (U.N./Rick Bajornas)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Donald Trump made a mistake Friday morning that had many on social media questioning whether the commander in chief knows citizens of the U.S. Virgin Islands are Americans.

During a speech at the conservative Values Voter Summit, he spoke of a meeting with the "president" of the hurricane-ravaged territory.

"I met with the president of the Virgin Islands," he said. "These are people that are incredible people. They've suffered gravely and we'll be there. We're gonna be there."

Trump, who is himself the president of the U.S. Virgin Islands, was likely referring to his Oct. 3 meeting with territory Gov. Kenneth Mapp.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins noted that the official White House transcript of Trump's remarks corrected "president" to "governor."

Many Twitter users mocked the gaffe.

Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" quipped that because Trump technically said he had met with himself, the event signaled "a major breakthrough in human cloning technology."

Doppelganger tweets began to trend.

Last month, the president faced similar criticism on social media when he repeatedly praised the non-existent country of "Nambia" during a speech to U.N. leaders.

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