Donald Trump has continued to top the Republican pool of presidential candidates for the second week – despite tweeting a photograph of Nazi Waffen-SS soldiers in front of the White House.
The Republican presidential hopeful blamed an “intern” after his official account tweeted a picture of Mr Trump superimposed on the US flag with the White House and World War Two soldiers in the foreground.
Just one problem: the soldiers pictured were Nazi Germany’s Waffen-SS infantry.
The image was hastily taken down. A campaign spokesperson explained an intern “did not see the very faded figures within the flag of the stock photo”.
John Schindler, a former national security affairs professor at the US Naval War College, spotted the mistake and immediately posted on Twitter.
For the very special "that time Donald Trump exhorted Americans to be like the Waffen-SS" file .... pic.twitter.com/5nbGp43w5M— John Schindler (@20committee) July 14, 2015
These guys are dressed as late (1944-45) WW2 Waffen-SS infantry. Nothing to debate here. Way to go, Trump! https://t.co/8j5T1pSEjQ— John Schindler (@20committee) July 14, 2015
Meanwhile, a Suffolk University/USA Today poll found that Mr Trump led the very crowded field of Republican candidates with 17 per cent of Republicans and independent’s supporting his candidacy – above that of Jeb Bush, the brother and son of former presidents.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."