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Pro-Trump U.S. media organization Fox News referred to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala as “3 Mexican Countries.”
Keeping up with the general consensus about how most people in the U.S. are not knowledgable about geography, the pro-Trump United States media house Fox news called Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, “3 Mexican countries,” whereas, all the three countries and Mexico constitute four separate countries.
While hosts of Fox & Friends, a Sunday morning show by Fox News, showered U.S. President Donald Trump’s with praise over his directive cutting aid for the Central American countries, the producers flashed a headline banner say, "Trump Cuts U.S Aid to 3 Mexican Countries."
The U.S. State Department issued a statement saying that the country is cutting aid to the “Northern Triangle” i.e, the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
The high number of migration from these countries to the U.S. is cited as a reason for Trump’s decision to cut aid.
Sunday's Fox News co-hosts of Ed Henry, Jedediah Bila, and Pete Hegseth applauded the decision of Trump by calling it a “strong” move.
The netizens took to Twitter to slam the news organization. Many journalists also shared the tweets slamming Fox news.
This is a testament to the high journalistic standards of Fox News. Always breaking stories. Who knew this about Mexico? https://t.co/vBB7PktzgF
"This is an actual banner from 'Fox & Friends Weekend.' 6:03 am today. I double checked because I didn't believe it at first," tweeted CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter.
Later the hosts apologized for the "inaccurate graphic on-screen...we want to be clear the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries, we apologize for the error it never should have happened."
In 2016, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and National Geographic conducted a survey among young people educated in colleges and universities to measure their knowledge of geography and other global affairs. Only 55 percent gave correct answers while just 19 percent of students thought Geography is an important subject to be knowledgeable about.