White House spokesman says referring to Puerto Rico as 'that country' was a 'slip of the tongue'

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley admitted he made a mistake when calling Puerto Rico a country.

Gidley referred to U.S. territory Puerto Rico as “that country” twice in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC.

At the end of the segment, MSNBC host Hallie Jackson asked Gidley if referring to Puerto Rico as “that country” was a “slip of the tongue, to which Gidley replied “that was a mistake … Yes, 100 percent.”

Jackson pressed Gidley on whether he thought it was a concern that a “slip of the tongue” referring to Puerto Rico was happening inside the White House.


“No, a slip of the tongue is not on purpose, Hallie, that would by definition be a slip of the tongue,” he said. “It’s a territory and the problem is they’ve mismanaged all the money we’ve sent.”

During the interview, which focused on President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE criticizing the U.S. territory for allegedly misusing federal money intended for hurricane disaster relief, Gidley reiterated Trump’s claims, blasting the “systematic mismanagement” of aid occurring in “that country.”

Trump on Tuesday continued his attacks on Puerto Rico on Twitter, claiming it spends the money it receives “foolishly or corruptly” and “all their local politicians do is complain & ask for more money.”

Trump added that the U.S. sent $91 billion of relief money to Puerto Rico, a claim Gidley repeated during his interview Tuesday.

“The fact is they have received more money than any state or territory in history for rebuild,” Gidley said before Jackson cut him off by saying, “That’s not true.”