Donald Trump angry with contemporary history? The US president got tangled up on Monday night by linking the Spanish flu to World War II.
During his daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, the White House resident said the 1917 Spanish flu had been “terrible”.
“It was a terrible thing where between 50 and 100 million people died. And that probably ended World War II, all the soldiers were sick, ”he said.
Rather, the president should have talked about the First World War. A White House spokesperson also quickly told several American media that this was what he meant.
However, in addition to a date error, Donald Trump also made mistakes of fact.
The Spanish flu began in 1918 rather than 1917 and ended around 1920.
So she did not end the war because of sick soldiers. The First World War ended in November 1918 with the signing of an armistice.
The virus also took advantage of the end of the war to spread throughout the world.
It should also be remembered that the Second World War took place from 1939 to 1945.