After calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” during his address to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Donald Trump continued his bizarre behavior by actually making up countries.
Speaking to African leaders, Trump stuck his foot in his mouth — once again — as he declared that he has “so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich,” after acknowledging the continent's "tremendous business potential."
Trump: "Africa has tremendous business potential. I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich" https://t.co/UrQCwG8HuU— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 20, 2017
He then proceeded to mention some non-existent country called “Nambia.”
“In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak," Trump said. "Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.”
Trump, at a lunch with African leaders, refers to the non-existent country of "Nambia." pic.twitter.com/N8megnC1Xi— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 20, 2017
Alas, it's easy for a country's health care system to be "self-sufficient," when it's imaginary.
Twitter wasted no time pointing out the embarrassing gaffe, dragging Trump for his blatant ignorance and failure to learn how to pronounce the names of foreign countries before name-dropping them.
Trump's “Nambia" was a stupid gaffe, but the worst part of his speech to African leaders was entirely deliberate https://t.co/dLjszgu9KU— Nick Wing (@nickpwing) September 20, 2017
The Bowling Green statue in Nambia's capital city shall never be brought down! https://t.co/OhwVkF4RdP— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) September 20, 2017
Nambia doesn't exist and already has better health care than we're about to get from Republicans.— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) September 20, 2017
Now comes the phase where serious Republican pundits claim Namibia really is pronounced "Nambia" and if you disagree you're an elitist— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) September 20, 2017
Covfefe is the unofficial beverage of Nambia.— Resident of Nambia (@BroderickGreer) September 20, 2017
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