Retweeting news of a research institute, that has started developing reusable personal protective equipment to help medical staffs' efforts to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus, US President Donald Trump tried to mention the Food and Drug Administration FDA to join efforts but mentioned a Saudi Snapchat star instead.
Highly recommended by Governor @MikeDeWine of Ohio. @FDA must move quickly! https://t.co/pLpI4CSs9H— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
Saudi social media users celebrated the wrong mention as soon as they saw it by creating an endless number of memes showing FDA or "Abu Al-Fida" rushing to rescue the US amid the COVID-19 emergency.
You guys trump just mentioned ابو الفدا by mistake. If this is not the joke of the year I don’t know what is? https://t.co/9NN1ZvFdPo— Lama (@LamaAbumansour) March 29, 2020
Don't worry we will finish it ASAP, stay home ?#ابو_الفدا pic.twitter.com/EjGHgkMh1A— Dhaif Bueid (@Dhaif88) March 29, 2020
#ابو_الفدا— Dr Jana Psychiatrist ? (@Jana6love) March 30, 2020
NEWS: Trump appoints random guy from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in charge of helping Ohio Governor @FDA ???!!! https://t.co/8xp6UmtYMW pic.twitter.com/FbzPSrYCA0
The Saudi FDA soon became one of the top trending hashtags with more people creating funny memes showing the "friendship" between Abu Al-Fida and the US President, while others photoshopped the Saudi guy into photos of White House briefings standing right next to Trump.
Never give up#ابو_الفدا pic.twitter.com/tIxE5ftVYm— 3z (@41q4_x) March 29, 2020
وضع ابو الفدا????? #ترامب pic.twitter.com/J429lUr5Fg— ميمز (@TVSalMB) March 30, 2020
Translation: "Abu Al-Fida now"
Abu Al-Fida, who was more popular on Snapchat than on Twitter, had only a few followers before gaining about 15k new Twitter followers overnight. FDA still hasn't posted anything on Twitter so far.
Here is our @FDA coming to rescue Ohio state to answer the call of duty ASAP ! ????#ابو_الفدا pic.twitter.com/h5lTTGZ8GE— MohdAb ?? (@MohdAb15) March 29, 2020
#ابو_الفدا يقوم بصناعة جهاز يكشف حاملين المرض في خمس دقائق وقام دونالد ترامب في عقد صفقة معه . pic.twitter.com/78yr820ABT— シャハド??⚕️ (@sha3nzi) March 30, 2020
Translation: "Abu Al-Fida has successfully invented a 5-minute coronavirus test and Donald Trump has sealed a deal with him."