Saturday 26 May 2018

'If I wanted to be famous I would have gone on X Factor' - the other Theresa May waiting for Trump apology over misdirected tweets

US President Donald Trump. Photo: PA
US President Donald Trump. Photo: PA

Alastair Reid

AN ENGLISH woman has been inundated with tweets and phone calls after Donald Trump mistakenly posted to her instead of Theresa May.

Theresa Scrivener used her middle name to set up her account @TheresaMay in 2009.

She has received scores of messages after the US president fired a retort at her on Wednesday night.

He hit out after the British prime minister rebuked his retweet of anti-Muslim videos published by a Britain-based far-right activist.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump at a meeting in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly earlier this year. Photo: Getty Images
British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump at a meeting in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly earlier this year. Photo: Getty Images

amazing

"@TheresaMay, don't focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place in the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine," he tweeted.

Miss Scrivener said the volume of messages had been huge.

While the mum from Bognor Regis, West Sussex, has only six followers, Mrs May's account - @theresa_may - runs to 428,000.

"If I wanted to be famous I would have gone on X Factor," she said.

"It's amazing to think that the world's most powerful man managed to press the wrong button. I'm just waiting for a call from the White House with an apology."

Most of the replies were from people offering their condolences, with many Americans apologising for their president.

"I'm just glad he was not contacting me to say he was going to war with North Korea," she added.

Miss Scrivener (41) said she found out about the blunder after waking at 4am to a flood of voicemails from reporters hoping to speak to her. It was not until a few hours later that she spotted the tweets from Mr Trump.

"It has been very surreal. I am laughing about it now. I haven't been able to leave my house," she said.

"I've been bombarded and contacted by press from around the world. He needs to think before he tweets. She runs the country, I'm a mum from Bognor."

However, she is no stranger to "May" tweets, receiving regular pleas to fix the NHS.

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