In what some are calling a Freudian slip, the Wall Street Journal mistakenly referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as “Vladimir Trump” this week, forcing a correction on Thursday and garnering plenty of attention on social media.
“Vladimir Putin is president of Russia. An editing mistake misidentified Mr. Putin in an earlier version of this article. (Nov. 29),” the publication noted at the bottom of an article reporting President Trump's cancellation of a planned meeting with Putin at the Group of 20 summit this week. Trump had cited Russia’s recent seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships in canceling the face-to-face.
Many on social media found the mistake humorous:
Trump’s presidency has been overshadowed by his relationship with Putin — a foreign leader many on both sides of the aisle consider an adversary of the United States, particularly after the revelation that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.