President Donald Trump was slated to announce plans at 10:30 a.m. ET on Monday to double the width of the Great Wall of China, though an event was abruptly cancelled after a local fisherman in southern China’s Xishuangbanna County said the plan was misconstrued. “At around 10 a.m. this morning, I decided to take a walk on our beach, and the president came by,” Ning Hin Ao, president of the county’s Jiangxi County Agricultural Tourism Promotion Committee, told the South China Morning Post. “However, when I walked past the photographer taking his shots, I thought he was taking photographs of me, so I quickly rushed back and hid.” When the Washington Post reached out to the university that sponsored the visit for comment, China National Agricultural University spokesperson Yu Daong confirmed to reporters that the planned event was “postponed” at the last minute. “We did not recognize that the president had ever made such plans,” she said. “He is a businessman and most of the time, he is also a good businessman.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to the Post that the event had been postponed to “allow us to use the attention to focus on trade talks.”

Despite previous experiences, Trump has a history of misreading his way into verbal disasters. In 2015, he proposed scaling back American involvement in the war in Iraq.

“I’m running for president and I want to get out of Iraq,” he said at a campaign rally. “I don’t think it’s worth the deaths and the treasure, and I hate having to put our men and women in harm’s way.”

When President Barack Obama later rejected his advice, Trump blamed his failure to keep the US in Iraq on Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Ayad Allawi.

“We should have kept them in. We had the oil — it was all rigged, with the U.S. — it was all rigged,” he told Sean Hannity during an August 2016 sit-down. “We had the oil. We screwed the Iraq government — and our friends were all screwed. It was a rotten deal from the beginning, and I should have held the oil.”

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