Trump Instagram mistakes Singapore’s Lee for Indonesia’s Jokowi
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Trump Instagram mistakes Singapore’s Lee for Indonesia’s Jokowi

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s Instagram has mistakenly identified Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

In a post uploaded on Saturday which was later deleted and replaced, an image of Trump speaking with Lee was captioned: “President Trump and the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo speaking before the start of their bilateral at the #G20Summit in #Hamburg #Germany.”

It was Trump’s first face-to-face encounter with Lee, while he had previously met Jokowi at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia in May.

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The original Instagram post, which incorrectly identifies Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Source: Instagram

The amended post correctly identifies Prime Minister Lee.

Trump has the second most followers on Instagram of any world leader after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Known for his controversial outbursts on Twitter, the president’s Instagram account is also used to repost his Tweets.

I will represent our country well and fight for its interests! Fake News Media will never cover me accurately but who cares! We will #MAGA!

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During a bilateral meeting with Modi in late June, Trump declared: “I’m proud to announce to the media, to the American people and to the Indian people that Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media.”

Both the Singaporean and Indonesian leaders held friendly bilateral meetings with Trump in Hamburg over the weekend.

In a brief meeting, Trump said of Singapore that “we’re very close, the relationship is very close, and we expect to do some excellent things together in many ways. And we have a very big relationship now. It will probably get much bigger.”

Lee added: “We have many things going on with the US and we hope to do more under your administration.”

The United States is the largest source of foreign direct investment in Singapore and is its third largest supplier of imports after China and Malaysia.

In the transcript provided by the White House, President Jokowi invited Trump to Indonesia: “First and most importantly, I need to deliver to you warm greetings from your millions of fans in Indonesia … They are only interested in one thing: When can they personally welcome you to Indonesia?”

“We’ll get there. We’ll get there. It’s a place I’d like to go,” responded Trump. “We have our whole trade delegation here, and we will start doing a lot of trading with Indonesia. We do very little business, relatively, now. But we are going to do a lot of business.”

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Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. Source: Reuters/Carlos Barria

An ABC Four Corners report last week exposed that in 2015 Trump had pressured senior Indonesian politicians to build a toll road in order for him to invest in a massive luxury resort in Java, south of the capital Jakarta.

Moreover, Trump’s main business partner in Indonesia, Hary Tanoesoedibjo, was recently named a suspect by Indonesian police for allegedly sending threatening text messages to an official from the Attorney General’s Office.

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On Saturday, Jokowi also thanked Trump for the Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Indonesia in April. During the visit, Pence described Indonesian Islam as an “inspiration to the world” and said “in addition to commitment to trade cooperation, both countries hold similar views on world peace.”

Southeast Asian specialist Michael Vatikiotis speculated that Trump’s diplomatic gaffes would give China the upper hand in Southeast Asia – a region that has been less of a priority under the Trump administration than it was for his predecessor Barack Obama.

Former president Obama recently met with Jokowi during a holiday in Indonesia with his family.

Obama made his first speech in Asia since leaving the White House in Jakarta at the Indonesian Diaspora Convention in early July, in which he urged Indonesians to fight for tolerance, equality and democratic values.