Brian Williams, formerly host of NBC Nightly News and now MSNBC host of “The 11th Hour With Brian Williams,” was trending on Twitter Saturday early after misreading President Trump as “President Obama.”
Williams’ report was about the US announcement that it would strike against Syria in response to a supposed chemical attack last week.
“It all started, nine o’clock Eastern time, with about a five-minute address by President Obama,” Wiliams said, matter-of-factly to the camera. “Here’s a portion of that.”
Confused MSNBC host Brian Williams refers to President Trump as Obama while cutting away for announcement on Syria. pic.twitter.com/xrZ1YOGRuQ
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) April 14, 2018
The newsman, who lost his coveted network anchor chair in 2015 after being suspended for misrepresenting himself when he claimed his helicopter was hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War, was lambasted on social media for Friday night’s flub.
Williams reportedly corrected his error, but social media had a field day.
“Honestly, I can understand Brian Williams confusion. Bombing Syria is totally something President Obama would have done too,” one person tweeted.