President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom this past summer had many bizarre moments, but one of them that hasn’t been reported on until recently seems to suggest the president sought to compliment business leaders on their great genetic traits.
Trump was speaking at a black-tie business event at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II-era Prime Minister Winston Churchill, according to reporting by Business Insider. The palace itself is 239-years-old and located in Oxfordshire, Britain.
Tech investor Brent Hoberman, who was in attendance at the event (which hosted some 150 business leaders as well as government leaders and Prime Minister Theresa May), said Trump’s comments mostly focused on Churchill, and that his comments on genetics seemed out of place.
“Where he read, it was bad. His bits off the cuff…were also a bit odd. He banged on about Churchill about a hundred times because of Blenheim, that was clearly a speechwriter’s device. He did have some great lines. He said: ‘You’ve all got such good bloodlines in this room.’ That was awful, that was script. ‘You’ve all got such amazing DNA.'”
It’s not the first time Trump has made comments about genetics playing a role in a person’s successes. In 2016, he touted his own uncle Dr. John Trump, a nuclear physicist who worked at MIT.
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“Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart,” Trump said in that speech.
Hoberman, commenting on the speech Trump gave this year, also noted that the occasion of the president speaking coincided with the exact moment that news broke about Trump giving an interview with The Sun, in which he sharply criticized the prime minister’s strategy in forming a Brexit deal.
“It was utterly bizarre, and I think I saw someone whispering in Theresa May’s ear” the moment news broke, Hoberman added.
Trump later denied ever making disparaging remarks about May.
“I didn’t criticize the prime minister. I have a lot of respect for the prime minister,” Trump said after The Sun interview was released, according to previous reporting from the Inquisitr. “Unfortunately, there was a story that was done, which was generally fine, but it didn’t put in what I said about the prime minister, and I said tremendous things.”
The Sun later released an audio recording of their interview with Trump, which corroborated their published piece with the president, seemingly contradicting his assertions that their interview was edited or altered.