On March 29, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he intended for the United States to cut off aid to the three Central American countries comprising the northern triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – because these countries had not done enough to alleviate the humanitarian crisis at the South American border.
Two days later, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told CNN's Jake Tapper about "Union Union" that the cutoff of support was justified because "Honduras could do more. Nicaragua could do more. El Salvador could do more." Mulvaney added: "And if we are to give these countries hundreds of millions of dollars, we would like them more."
Same day as Mulvaney's "Union of Union" appearance, Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends Weekend "The program discussed the topic while a graphic was shown stating that Trump was cutting off help for" 3 Mexican countries ", a gaff that erupted on social media:
Trump Cuts US Aid to 3 Mexican Countries & # 39;
̵1; Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) March 31, 2019
Lots of other Twitter users jumped into the "Fox & Friends Weekend" fray to pick it up:
So unfairly that Trump punishes the other Mexican countries because of the actions of a poor Mexico https://t.co/X4QGU u34CT
– Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) March 31, 2019
so many Mexican countries to choose from https://t.co/k8AzfL1Q67
– Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) March 31, 2019
Is Fox News staffed by fourth graders? #SundayMorning https://t.co/BvUZ95anFU
– Grant Stern (@grantstern) March 31, 2019
I think we should thank God it's only three Mexican countries . Amd not them all. https://t.co/eG35Zq9Jm8
– Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) March 31, 2019
Despite the erroneous graphics, co-host Pete Hegseth correctly identified the three countries affected by Trump policy changes as he covered the subject alive.
According to The Hill "Fox & Friends Weekend" subsequently issued an air correction and apology, the graph being "inaccurate" and that US funding was cut from "three Central American countries":
"Now we will clarify and correct something that happened earlier in the show, "said co-host Ed Henry later. "We had an inaccurate graphic on the screen while we were talking about this great story. We just want to be clear, the funding is cut off to the three Central American countries. We apologize for the mistake. It should never have happened."