This Easter morning most Americans are waking up to news of a horrendous tragedy which took place in and around Colombo, Sri Lanka.
A massive terrorist attack, which included a total of eight explosions in three hotels and three churches around the city of Columbo, has claimed a total of 207 lives thus far, with that number expected to rise over the next several hours as authorities make their way through the rubble.
The President of the United States, as well as other world leaders, were quick to issue statements regarding this attack, offering their sympathies and heartfelt condolences.
President Trump turned to Twitter this morning to issue a statement, which he later had to delete because of a massive inaccuracy.
“Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help!” the president tweeted just before 7 am ET.
The Tweet was deleted after a short while, following the realization, we assume, that the president accidentally made it appear as if a population that’s more than five times that of the entire nation of Sri Lanka had perished. Sri Lanka’s population is just over 21 million people.
Trump replaced his statement with a corrected one approximately 30 minutes later:
“138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!”