Look, there are a lot of countries in the world, okay? It's not always easy to remember on the spot which ones are real and which ones are made up, even if knowing about international politics is your entire job.
Two Russian pranksters recently released a video in which they called Nikki Haley, the United States' ambassador to the U.N., and tricked her into commenting on the fictional country of Binomo.
Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, known as Vovan and Lexus, are Russian comedians famous for playing pranks on high-ranking Western officials. You may remember them from earlier this year when they called Energy Secretary Rick Perry and posed as the Ukrainian Prime Minister and got him to talk about a fictional "new fuel made from manure and alcohol."
During their call with Haley, the pair posed as Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Poland was one of 35 countries that recently abstained from a U.N. vote to denounce President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Prior to the vote, Haley threatened to withdraw U.S. funding from the U.N., and vowed to remember all of the countries that had, in her eyes, treated America badly.
Let me start with very much thanking you for the support we received on the vote today. We will never forget it.
This is what happens when an incompetent president appoints an incompetent person UN Ambassador. Haley had no diplomatic experience prior to the appointment and no background in international relations. She has only a college degree in accounting. #Dems https://t.co/KgYI8dMcVi— Dario Navarro (@darionavarro111) December 28, 2017
The most damning moment of the 22-minute phone call comes when the pranksters ask Haley to comment on the independence of Binomo, a fake nation.
Comedians: "You know Binomo?”
Haley: “Yes, yes,”
Comedians: "They declared independence."
Comedians: “They had elections and we suppose Russians had its intervention.”
Haley: “Yes, of course they did, absolutely."
We’ve been watching that very closely, and I think we will continue to watch that as we deal with the issues that keep coming up about the South China Sea.
No one in the Trump administration has a basic understanding of geography, let alone economics, history, math or English.— Nunca Trump (@NeverTrumpTexan) December 28, 2017
For example, Nikki Haley was recently tricked into discussing the independence of a country that doesn't even exist. pic.twitter.com/2gym8od7nM
The conversation became increasingly absurd as it continued, with the pranksters going so far as to suggest a homosexual experience between actor Kevin Spacey and Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko.
"Polish PM" asks Nikki Haley if she read a Poroshenko i/v where he reveals Kevin Spacey groped his knee during an official dinner in 2015. His mind was so crushed he took to drinking, but is now better— ystriya (@ystriya) December 30, 2017
Haley: Really, wow. I'll have to pull up that articlehttps://t.co/o7vL5kUpA2
We have nothing to share on that at this time.
It would seem Nikki Haley's team has learned a lesson about sharing too much. But we get it, Nikki. Keeping all those countries straight is tough stuff. Maybe you'll get 'em next time!