President Trump on Thursday met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in honor of St. Patrick's Day on Friday and shared one of his favorite Irish proverbs, whose source was met with some skepticism on social media.
"As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of an Irish proverb — and this is a good one, this is one I like. I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it," Trump said. "Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you."
The spokeswoman also shared a list of books and websites the quote has been shared on.
After Trump's luncheon, however, many were quick to point out on social media that a poem by Nigerian poet Albashir Adam Alhassan includes a similar stanza.
OK I've found trump's 'irish' proverb. pic.twitter.com/ZsWPUvqDDL— cólz (@colz) March 16, 2017
This is not an Irish proverb. It's a poem by Albashir Adam Alhassan, who is Nigerian. https://t.co/5DYxflz9v5— Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) March 16, 2017
One of his staff is definitely trolling him now, and it's brilliant— Vanessa Furey (@VanessaFurey) March 16, 2017
Trump: 'quick, find me an Irish proverb!'
Staffer: 'Sure Mr President.. https://t.co/cCuOyh1afV