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Washington: US President Donald Trump erred in his effort to mark Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, misquoting one of his predecessors and misstating the date of the attack on social media, the media reported.

“National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – ‘A day that will live in infamy!’ December 7, 1941,” Trump tweeted on Thursday.

Trump’s quote slightly misstated one of the most famous phrases from World War II, reports Politico news.

On December 8, 1941, President Franklin.D. Roosevelt, in an address to a joint session of Congress, called the attack a day earlier by Japanese bombers on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii, “a date which will live in infamy”.

Congress declared war on Japan later that day.

The error was repeated by Trump’s director of social media, Dan Scavino Jr., who posted the same misquote with an accompanying image of Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visiting the USS Arizona Memorial in November.

Scavino’s post was later taken down, Politico news reported.

A tweet from the First Lady also misdated the Japanese attack, saying it occurred in November, not December.

She later reposted the same message with the correct date.

IANS

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