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Trump's apparent confusion over whether Paris was in Germany led to a bit of a row

A geographical blunder, or just a poorly-worded tweet? (Sadly – looks like it was the latter).

SARAH PALIN, FAMOUSLY, once pointed out that you could see Russia from parts of Alaska.

The former GOP vice presidential nominee was widely ridiculed for her comments – even though, as Slate pointed out, it’s actually true. (She never said she could see Russia from her house – that line was from a Tina Fey sketch).

Fast-forward by two US election cycles, and now another controversial Republican politician is getting it in the neck for his geographical knowledge.

Referring to the police shooting of a man carrying an Islamic State emblem in the French capital earlier, Donald Trump added that “Germany is a total mess”.

German residents (among others) were quick to point out the problem…

In the UK, where politicians are to debate banning Trump from the country, one Labour MP was quick to get his oar in….

And of course, it’s kicked off a bit of a meme…

So does the Donald think Paris is in Germany?

Sadly, maybe not…

He may well have been referring to two European incidents, and combining them in one message. A row has been brewing on Twitter over whether Trump’s third sentence referred to the events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve (we read the tweets so you didn’t have to).

Read: “It’s not safe when overcrowding is occurring”: Leo grilled on health crisis in Drivetime interview

Read: Fear and anger grip Cologne after spate of New Year’s Eve sexual attacks on women

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