WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump erroneously specified Monday that the Spanish Flu of 1918 ended World War II, improperly citing both the year the pandemic occurred and the year that the Second World War ended.
The events occurred more than twenty years apart.
“All the soldiers were ill. That was an awful circumstance.”
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The president was mentioning the Spanish Flu, which broke out in 1918. The first infections were recognized in March of that year and lasted up until 1920.
The Second World War started in 1939 and ended in 1945 with the surrender of the Axis powers, particularly when Japan surrendered unconditionally after the United States dropped atomic bombs on 2 Japanese cities.
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A White House authorities told USA TODAY Trump was talking about World War I, where more soldiers passed away from the disease than in fight and contaminated around 500 million globally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the deployment of troops throughout the First World War plausibly added to the spread of the Spanish Flu due to intercontinental motion and crowded conditions.
The Spanish Flu did not officially cause completion of World War I. The end of that war originated from Germany signing an armistice, which caused the battling to stop, after suffering terrific losses on the battleground..
Nevertheless, quickly after the presidents reference, “Second World War” and “World War” started trending on Twitter, and collected the attention of celebrities and legislators alike..
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., tweeted it was vicious that Trumps boy and household let him “stick out there like this.”.
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Actress and activist Sophia Bush tweeted, “So to summarize things weve found out because 2016 … 45 hasnt check out the Constitution, hasnt read the Bible (but likes to hold one upside down), and plainly never took an US History class. Or … math? Cool cool, extremely cool.”.
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Star Trek star George Takei tweeted about the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb, “bringing a destructive and long war to a shattering, violent end. Remember history. Do not misshape it.”.
“All the soldiers were ill. Actress and activist Sophia Bush tweeted, “So to summarize things weve discovered since 2016 … 45 hasnt check out the Constitution, hasnt check out the Bible (but likes to hold one upside down), and plainly never took a United States History class. Cool cool, very cool.”.
Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted about the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb, “bringing a disastrous and long war to a shattering, violent end.