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29th Jan 2020

So it turns out that Donald Trump can’t pronounce the name ‘Fionnuala’

Darragh Murphy

Donald Trump

Add ‘Fionnuala’ to the list of words that Donald Trump struggles with.

Since being elected President of the United States in 2016, Donald Trump has given us several examples of confidently pronouncing words that he hadn’t rehearsed.

Trump has mispronounced ‘Venezuela’, ‘Nevada’ and ‘anonymous’, among other words, over the years and the latest mispronunciation has a distinctly Irish feel.

Apparently, Trump just completely abandoned any attempt to correctly pronounce ‘Fionnuala’ when he met the wife of former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

Kenny recently appeared on Jarlath Regan’s podcast An Irishman Abroad and revealed that Trump’s mispronunciation inspired a running joke in his marriage.

Enda Kenny revealed that Donald Trump couldn't pronounce his wife's name

“We had the lunch on Capitol Hill. He couldn’t pronounce the name Fionnuala, which is my wife’s name, so he called her Viola,” Kenny said.

He added: “Now if a row breaks out at home I say: ‘now Viola, calm down a bit’!”

Despite the confusion over his wife’s name, Kenny insisted that his visit to the White House was a largely positive one and revealed the conversation that he had with Trump regarding Irish emigrants in the United States.

He explained: “I said: ‘Mr President, next time you stand watching Old Glory wave, think of the words of your own national anthem – land of the free and the home of the brave’.

“We’ve got 50,000 out here, they’re as courageous as their forefathers ever were, but they’re not as free because they can’t come home.

“If you legitimise that or find a way of legalising it, they will emerge from the shadows, they will work for America, they will live for America and they will die for America.”

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