Trump says Pavarotti is his ‘great friend’ – Twitter lets him know he’s been dead for 10 years
US President Donald Trump met with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the White House last week and it resulted in another POTUS gaffe.
During their joint press conference Trump praised Italy for being "a beacon of artistic and scientific achievement" and for gifting the world artists including "Giuseppe Verdi and Mr Pavarotti."
He went on to say that opera singer Pavarotti is "a friend of mine, a great friend of mine".
Pavarotti has been dead since 2007 and Twitter wasted no time in letting Trump know.
After a conversation with his good friend Pavarotti, Trump immediately asked for the deployment of the Edmund Fitzgerald to join his Armata.— David Raab (@raab630) April 21, 2017
Pavarotti Tweeted that he would like Trump to join him as soon as possible.— Greg (@mhs58) April 21, 2017
My dead friend Pavarotti is the Trump equivalent of "I've got a girlfriend, but you can't meet her because she lives in Canada."— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) April 21, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel also got in on the act by asking the "ghost" of Pavarotti if he was in fact a "great friend" of President Trump.
Whether Trump realises or not that Pavarotti is no longer with this world, his claim to be a "great friend" may be a little at odds with how Pavarotti's family see things.
Last year his family were among those who asked Trump to stop using the artist's music at his rallies.
They issued a statement which read, "As members of his immediate family, we would like to recall that the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the world view offered by the candidate Donald Trump."