President Trump on Thursday told a steel worker that the man’s father was looking down on him from heaven.
The only problem? The worker’s dad is very much still alive.
During a White House event before he signed proclamations imposing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, Trump asked some industry workers and leaders to speak in support of the measure.
One of those speakers identified himself as Scott Sauritch, president of a Pennsylvania steel workers union chapter.
Sauritch said in the 1980s, his father lost his job because of imports coming into the country, adding: “For Herman Sauritch, your story didn’t end.”
As Sauritch thanked the president and stepped away from the podium, Trump shook his hand and asked softly, “What’s your father’s name?”
“Herman,” Sauritch answered.
“Well, your father Herman is looking down. He’s very proud of you right now,” Trump said.
“Oh, he’s still alive,” Sauritch said with a smile, as the room of spectators broke out in quiet laughter.
“He is?” Trump asked. “Well then, he’s even more proud of you,” he quipped, garnering some giggles and applause.
The exchange also led to some ribbing on social media.
Trump: "Your father is looking down on you and he's very proud."— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 8, 2018
Steel worker: "Oh, he's still alive."
And, I'm dead.
Perhaps Trump thought his father was a very tall man.— Joy Edwards (@dogsshouldrule) March 8, 2018