US news anchor Wolf Blitzer hilariously roasted for mistaking Glasgow for Edinburgh

Wolf Blitzer faced some hilarious responses to his tweet about COP26.

A US news anchor has come under fire for saying 20,000 world leaders and delegates have descended on Edinburgh for a climate change summit - despite the meeting taking place around 42 miles away in Glasgow.

Wolf Blitzer, a well respected political presenter for US network CNN, tweeted: "I’m now reporting from Edinburgh in Scotland where 20,000 world leaders and delegates have gathered for the COP26 Climate Summit."

It is not clear whether Mr Blitzer and his team mistakenly believed the climate change summit was taking place in Edinburgh, or whether they decided to present their COP26 news reports from there because of the picturesque castle in background.

Regardless, his gaffe came in for some harsh criticism, with Mr Blitzer clearly unaware of the longstanding battle between Edinburgh and Glasgow, with the former being Scotland's capital, and the latter being the country's biggest city.

Opticians Specsavers sought to win some publicity from the viral tweet with a play on its iconic catchphrase, telling Mr Blitzer he "should've gone to Glasgow".

Another social media user gained almost 2,000 likes by tweeting a screen grab from Google maps, marking Edinburgh with the caption "you are here" and Glasgow with "everybody else is here".

Many others on social media chose to mock the news anchor by editing the original tweet to show Mr Blitzer in various different locations.

Sketch writer for the Telegraph, Tim Stanley, wrote: "I’m now reporting from Liverpool in Scotland where 20,000 world leaders and delegates are stuck outside the COP26 Climate Summit."

Another Twitter user suggested Mr Blitzer had damaged his reputation with the tweet.

They said: "You are an exceptional news anchor, your hosting of the American elections since 2004 proves this, however I wish to say (without any disrepect) that you are not living up to your reputation.

"The summit is being held in Glasgow, 39 miles due west of your current location."

A parody Boris Johnson account responded to the tweet, telling Mr Blitzer he appears to have "all the necessary attributes to become my next Foreign Secretary".