We have a War on Poverty (long since defunct), a War on Drugs, a War on Terror and now we have a new “WAR”…..the War on Chocolate……
Is everyone confused now?
Well you would not be alone…..Our Dear Leader is also…..
Spelling and grammar matter, especially when it comes to international policy decision-making.
Yet, again, we find ourselves asking: does President Donald Trump want to rid the world of chocolate or cocaine?
Speaking at a drug policy event outside the 73rd meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Trump lamented the “scourge of drug addiction” and said the organization will “commit to fighting the drug epidemic together.”
But when his speech turned to Colombia, whose newly elected president campaigned on stopping cocaine production in the country, Trump made a familiar error.
“We look forward to partnering with his new administration to eradicate cocoa production in his country,” he said. “All of us must work together to dismantle drug production and defeat drug addiction.” [Emphasis added].
Now, according to the White House transcript, the president was supposed to call for the eradication of coca, the base plant used to make cocaine.
But this isn’t the first time he’s mispronounced the name of the plant. Last year, he appeared at a joint press conference with Colombia’s former president, Juan Manuel Santos, and said “cocoa cultivation and cocaine production reached a record high” in the country.
Is it cocoa or coca that will be eradicated under a Trump administration? I have used both and much prefer the cocoa.
I never thought Trump was playing with a full deck…….but guess we could say that both are addictive substances after all he is gonna solve all our drug problems….so let’s begin with chocolate…..since he, Trump, likes simplistic solutions to complex problems.