President Donald Trump was overheard singing the Russian national anthem rather than the American national anthem during the opening ceremony of the NCAA football championship game between Alabama and Georgia universities Jan. 8.
“От южных морей до полярного края,” the President was heard singing, while those around him were singing, “What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming.”
Commentators have remarked that the President didn’t appear to know the words to the national anthem, but it wasn’t until a recording surfaced in which his voice could be heard that it became clear it was the Russian national anthem that he was singing.
Asked about that at her daily press briefing the next day, the President’s spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the recording is not of the President’s voice and that he was singing the national anthem of this country. “The President was not singing and would not sing the national anthem of Russia,” Sanders said. “The president does not know the words to the Russian national anthem. He does know the words to the American national anthem. To suggest otherwise is outrageous and disgusting.
Jim Carter, a military cadet who stood next to Trump during the singing of the national anthem, said he doesn’t know what song the President was singing but it wasn’t a version of the national anthem he was familiar with. “I just figured the President, being the president, knew a version of the national anthem that only presidents know and that I would not know about necessarily,” he said.
When asked if the song the President was singing sounded like it was in English or a different language, Carter said it sounded foreign but that he figured it was a secret code that only the President would know. “And maybe his national security advisor, or something,” he said. “You know, they know things that we don’t and I just figured it was something like that. It sure wasn’t the song I learned I school.”
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