Donald Trump has been mocked for appearing to have coloured in the US flag wrong during a visit to a children's hospital in Ohio.

The president was on a visit with Melania Trump and his health secretary Alex Azar when he joined young children in Columbus in colouring a template of the Star-Spangled Banner.

In pictures posted by Mr Aazar on Twitter, Mr Trump is seen erroneously using a blue felt-tip pen to colour in the stripes.

The opioid crisis is one of our top priorities at HHS, with a drumbeat of action on the full range of efforts where we can assist local communities. Today, I joined @POTUS & @FLOTUS in Ohio to learn how states and communities are responding to the challenge of opioid addiction.

— Alex Azar (@SecAzar) August 25, 2018

The stripes are white and red.

After a while the picture was picked up by a teacher on Twitter who wrote: "The President has colored his flag wrong. That is all."

Lots of people leapt to the president's defence.

One Twitter user wrote: "You're hilarious if you don't think the president knows what a flag looks like. HES COLORING!!!!!! with children. If it was a horse and he colored it pink would people be upset he colored a horse not a REAL horse color???"

While another said: "Maybe some kid asked him if a Flag could be other colors, then he proceeded to show them that life can be anything you want it to be. Then colored the flag another color to show them. Not everything is that deep. It's just a coloring page for kids in an elementary class."

"Cmon it's not that easy as having a reminder attached to your clothing…. Oh. Didn't spot the lapel pin," said another.

Image: Not all the children seemed very engaged with the president

However, others weren't as forgiving.

One tweeter posted: "That moron needs to go back to school," while another said: "His coloring is at Nursery School level though. Along with his civics knowledge."

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The president was in Ohio on a visit aimed at finding a way to tackle the worsening crisis of opioid addiction.

Last year, Mr Trump declared America's use of opioids a national public health emergency, calling it "the worst drug crisis in American history".

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