During a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday, Trump was talking about trade relations between the two countries when he apparently made up a new fighter jet.
“In November, we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump said.
Sorry Mr. President, but the US does not make an F-52 fighter jet.
What Trump meant to say was that Norway purchased 52 F-35 fighter jets, the first three of which already arrived in Oslo in November, according to Reuters.
Trump seemed to quickly catch his mistake, but did not fully correct it.
“We have a total of 52 and they’ve delivered a number of them already, a little ahead of schedule,” Trump said, adding that “it’s a $10 billion order.”
Twitter unapologetically trolled Trump for the gaffe, depicting what a F-52 fighter jet would look like were there such a thing.
Trump just blurted out the US had sold F-52’s to Norway.
F-52s. An aircraft so secret, even the military hasn’t heard of it.
I, however, was able to secure this highly classified image.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 10, 2018
The F-52 is one hell of a machine. pic.twitter.com/xck4fIWbZd
— Kevin (@thePergola99) January 10, 2018
Classified photo of pilot climbing into cockpit of F-52 pic.twitter.com/eU7QBQvBQk
— John Howie (@jhowieii) January 10, 2018
The F-52's capabilities look really impressive pic.twitter.com/WI2DzIaQwt
— Alexander Clarkson (@APHClarkson) January 10, 2018
Trump just said the US sold Norway F-52s (F-52 does not exist)
I wonder if F-52s were invented in Nambia?
— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) January 10, 2018
I spent 10 yrs in USAF working on F-52’s. They were so secret I had to be walked to the plane blindfolded, was given invisible tools & told to terminate the person who walked me out there.#Moron @POTUS
— SNOWFLAKE MAFIA ??? (@FishHawkRdJody) January 10, 2018
F-52s? Oh boy. Bet the Marines are gonna want a STOVL version.
— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) January 10, 2018
Trump has previously called the cost of the F-35 program “out of control,” and promised to save “billions of dollars” by talking with Lockheed Martin executives.
The F-35 is already estimated to be the costliest single project in US military history, with an estimated price tag of $406.5 billion, according to the Selected Acquisition Report submitted to Congress in July.