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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump erroneously stated on Monday that the 1918 Spanish Flu ended World War II, incorrectly citing both the five pandemics that occurred and the year World War I two ends.

Events took place more than two decades apart.

“The closest thing was that in 1917, they said, the pandemic. It was definitely a terrible thing when they lost between 50 and 100 million people, probably ended World War II,” Trump said. . “All the soldiers were sick. It was a terrible situation.”

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The President is alluding to the Spanish Flu, which broke out in 1918. The first infections were identified in March of that year and lasted until 1920.

World War II started in 1939 and ended in 1945 with the surrender of the Axis faction, namely when Japan surrendered unconditionally after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on two Japanese cities. Copy.

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A White House official told the US TODAY Trump was talking about World War I, where more soldiers died from the disease in battle and infects about 500 million people globally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, military deployments during World War I made a legitimate contribution to the spread of the Spanish Flu due to its transcontinental movement and crowded conditions. .

The Spanish flu did not officially cause the end of World War I. The end of that war was due to Germany’s signing of the armistice, which stopped the fighting, after suffering great losses on the battlefield.

However, shortly after the president’s mention, “World War II” and “World War” began to flourish on Twitter and attracted the attention of lawmakers and celebrities. .

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Tweeted that it was cruel to let Trump’s son and family let him “stand out there like this.”

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Actress and activist Sophia Bush tweeted, “So to recap what we’ve learned since 2016 … 45 unread the Constitution, haven’t read the Bible (but prefer to hold it backwards). and obviously never read the US History Class. Or … math? Great, great. “

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Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted about the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing, “bringing a devastating and prolonged war to a violent and shattered end. Remember history. distort it. ”

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