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Trump thinks ‘a lot of people don’t know’ or ‘forget’ that France is America’s oldest ally

French and US soldiers displayed their national flags at the end the traditional Bastille Day military parade.
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French and US soldiers displayed their national flags at the end the traditional Bastille Day military parade.

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.