Trump boasts about being ‘a good speller,’ but says his fingers can’t keep up with his brain when tweeting

US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House's social-media summit.

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US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House’s social-media summit.
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  • President Donald Trump boasted about his spelling abilities at the White House’s first social-media summit on Thursday.
  • During a 50-minute address, Trump reflected on some of his Twitter gaffes, bemoaning how they are jumped on by the media.
  • He added that he is “a good speller” but sometimes his “fingers aren’t as good as the brain.”
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President Donald Trump is really good at spelling – it’s just his fingers that can’t keep up.

That was the US president’s boast at the White House’s first social-media summit on Thursday, during which he delivered a speech doubling down on claims that Twitter and Facebook are rife with “terrible bias.”

In his 50-minute address, Trump reflected on some of the spelling and punctuation mistakes he has made on Twitter, bemoaning how they are jumped on by the media.

“If I have a spelling deal, they will put it on,” the president said, drawing laughs from the audience. Impersonating the media, he said: “Donald Trump spelled the word ‘the’ wrong. He doesn’t know how to spell ‘the.’ He spelled it ‘T-H-I.’ Any kind of punctuation mistake, they put it on.”

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Trump added that he’s actually very measured about tweeting his famous diatribes – it’s just that it doesn’t always translate to his fingers when typing them out on his phone. “I’m very, very careful. I’m actually a good speller, but everyone says the fingers aren’t as good as the brain,” he said.

You can watch Trump’s comments on his spelling mistakes here:

Trump has made some famous Twitter blunders since taking office in 2017, the most notorious of which was him appearing to mistype the word “coverage” in a tweet two years ago. “Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” the president wrote.

The White House made light of this at the summit, printing out a Trump tweet in which he commented on the error. The former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka tweeted an image of the sign:

Among other gaffes, Trump has also spelled the name of his wife wrong, mangled idioms like scot-free, and had his posts spell-checked by Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

During Thursday’s summit, Trump also crowed about how engagement on his tweets explodes “like a rocket” after he posts them – as opposed to more traditional White House press releases. “If I put it out on social media, it’s like an explosion. Fox, CNN, crazy MSNBC,” he said.