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At least twice during his joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, President Donald Trump informed people of facts they didn’t know or may have forgotten — or so he thought.

Speaking in Paris, Trump said, “France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know that,” and followed that statement moments later with, “France helped us secure our independence, a lot of people forget.”

It turns out that uttering the phrases “a lot of people don’t know that” and “a lot of people forget” before stating well-known historical facts makes for instant meme-fication in 2017.


Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.

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