Trump praises the sale of fighter jets to Norway that only exist in ‘Call of Duty’ video game

Trump just praised the sale of a non-existent fighter jet during a joint press conference with the Norwegian prime minister.

During a press conference this past weekend with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, President Trump boasted about a supposed U.S. delivery of “F-52” warplanes to the Norwegian government. As it turns out, F-52s only exist in the video came Call of Duty.

“In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump said during the press conference. “We have a total of 52 and they’ve delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule.”

As the Call of Duty Wiki page points out, the F-52 is “an advanced fighter aircraft in service of the United States of America and the Sentinel Task Force” that “is equipped with afterburners for greater speed to outrun aircraft, as well as air brakes, which provide the fighter with additional maneuverability in tight corners or for avoiding enemy fire.”

From The Washington Post:

Trump lauded the sale of the fictional planes alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House on Wednesday, remarking on the very real and growing defense relationship with America’s Northern Europe ally.

Trump was reading from a statement, and it appears he combined the figure of 52 planes with the “F” designation assigned to fighter jets in the U.S. inventory, such as the F-35 Lightning II.

Watch The Washington Post’s report on the story below:

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