On Thursday, March 16, 2017, President Donald Trump welcomed the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny to the White House.
In his address, Trump quoted his favourite proverb which he said was Irish. “As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of an Irish proverb – and this is a good one, this is one I like, I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it. Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you” said President Trump.
Trump reads one of his favorite Irish proverbs pic.twitter.com/KgE5ipvepw
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 16, 2017
The problem with this proverb that it isn’t Irish. People on Twitter immediately picked on the wrong attribution.
After some research it was discovered that the proverb was actually from a poem titled ‘Remember To Forget‘. Nigerian writer, Albashir Adam Alhassan actually wrote the poem.
Albashir Adam Alhassan was born in Kano state, Nigeria in the mid 80s but is from Niger state. He attended the Aminu Kano Commercial College, Kano and Bayero University Kano, Nigeria.
The line from Albashir Adam Alhassan’s poem has been erroneously said to be an Irish proverb on the Internet.