Donald Trump stole 'Irish proverb' from Nigerian

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) presents a traditional gift of a bowl of shamrocks to US President Donald Trump (Reuters)
Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) presents a traditional gift of a bowl of shamrocks to US President Donald Trump (Reuters)

Ireland's the land of Guinness and Conor McGregor, but now it may be the land of Donald Trump's imagination.

A Nigerian man says he is shocked after learning US President Donald Trump tried to pass off words from his poem as an old Irish proverb.

At a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Mr Trump told the room: "As we stand together with our Irish friends, I'm reminded of that 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.'

"We know that, politically speaking. A lot of us know that, we know it well. It's a great phrase," Mr Trump added.

But his reference left Irish literature lovers perplexed.

An investigation showed Mr Trump's quote came from a poem called 'Remember to Forget', written by Nigerian Albashir Adam Alhassan, and featured on PoemHunter in 2013.

"My sister just brought the news to me. I didn't want to believe what she said initially," Mr Alhassan told CNN.

"I posted those things when I was back in school, over 10 years ago. I never thought it would get to this level.

"Maybe I shouldn't have been a banker; maybe I should have been a poet all my life!" Mr Alhassan added.

Former US President Barack Obama's speechwriter, Cody Keenan, believed there was a simple explanation.

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