The Wall Street Journal issued a correction on Thursday after it accidentally referred to the Russian president as “Vladimir Trump.”
“Vladimir Putin is president of Russia. An editing mistake misidentified Mr. Putin in an earlier version of this article. (Nov. 29),” the publication noted at the bottom of an article reporting President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE's cancellation of a planned meeting with Putin at the Group of 20 summit this week. Trump had cited Russia’s recent seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships in canceling the face-to-face.
The Journal's error caught the attention of many on social media who found it humorous — and some who even went as far as to claim it was intentional.
That is the best thing I've seen all day. Thank you.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) November 29, 2018
No correction necessary, thx.— TJ Maxxx (@HoffToTheTouch) November 29, 2018
I believe that’s called a Freudian Slip.— Alan Childs (@Alanwchilds) November 29, 2018
Not sure it's an error— karenskorner (@Livinat40) November 29, 2018
Accidentally on purpose.— Kagekini_Unbreakable_Body (@kagekini) November 29, 2018
Trump has received criticism throughout his presidency over his efforts to form a closer relationship with the Russian leader, despite heightened tensions between the two governments, including over Moscow's aggression in Ukraine and its meddling in the 2016 elections, which the intelligence community says was done to help elect Trump.
The president has long sought to form a personal friendship with Putin in efforts to resolve longstanding problems between both leaders’ countries.
Trump has continued to received backlash from both sides of the aisle for his attempts, however, as Democratic and Republican foreign policy experts have long viewed the Russian leader as adversarial to the United States.