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Trump Is Being Dragged All Over The Internet For Calling Opera Legend Pavarotti His ‘Great Friend’

On Thursday, Donald Trump called the legendary deceased opera singer Luciano Pavarotti “his great friend” and immediately lit up the internet.

“Friend of mine, great friend of mine,” Trump said of the rare maestro praising Italy’s rich culture during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the white House. While Trump was perhaps trying to impress the Italian leader, that didn’t stop people from having a field day.

Pavarotti died at 71 in Northern Modena after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. While Trump claims a great friendship, Pavarotti’s family are no fans of Trump’s frequent use of Pavarotti’s music at rallies. In July, during Trump’s campaign, Pavarotti’s family asked his team to stop playing the late singer’s signature song “Nessun Dorma.”

“As members of his immediate family, we would like to recall that the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the world view offered by the candidate Donald Trump,” the statement read.

People couldn’t stop joking about Pavarotti, the supposed Trump-friendly ghost. Even late night host Jimmy Kimmel evoked the bearded legend in ghost form to ask him if Trump was really his pal.

Take a look at some of the reactions below.

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The star of Review had a theory.

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And a parody account couldn’t help but weigh in on the clip.

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Trump met with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni for the first time Thursday afternoon to discuss the Group of Seven industrialized nations meeting in Italy in May.

Trump should never have a press conference with another leader, he never comes off well.

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