by Countable | 8.29.17
On Monday, President Trump met with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, then held a joint news conference for reporters from both countries.
The event was supposed to center on U.S.-Finnish relations, but recent domestic matters controlled the agenda. Trump pledged his support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey ("there’s probably never been anything like this") and defended his controversial pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (“I stand by my pardon of Sheriff Joe”).
But the moment that’s winning the internet today? When Trump confused two female Finnish reporters covering the press conference.
Here’s how it went down. At one point during the Q & A, Trump nudged Finland’s president to choose a journalist for the next question, saying "go ahead, pick." Then, when Niinistö pointed to a reporter in the audience, Trump said, “Again? “You’re gonna give her—the same one?”
"No, she is not the same lady," Niinistö replied. “They are sitting side by side.”
"We have a lot of blond women in Finland," the reporter interjected before asking her question about U.S.-Russia relations.
With countless headlines about the mix-up, Countable got to wondering just how alike the two Finnish journalists - Paula Vilén and Maria Annala - looked. Would you have made the same mistake? Take this quiz and find out!
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