During a lunch on Wednesday with African leaders at the United Nations, President Trump spoke of his respect for Nambia. He said "Nambia's health system is increasingly self-sufficient." He also lauded the economic goldmine that seems to be Africa itself.
I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich. I congratulate you, they're spending a lot of money, it [represents] huge amounts of different markets... It's really become a place they have to go, that they want to go.
It's nice that Nambia is doing so well. It's unfortunate that Nambia does not exist.
The Twitter takedown was swift:
World leaders kept their composure and moved on, but the public? Not so fast:
And as the day progressed, things got saltier:
To be fair, there are similarly named countries in Africa: Namibia and Gambia. The White House said the error was acknowledged and corrected, making clear that the President had not intended to invent a new nation and had, in fact, been referring to the very real country of Namibia, which is in southwest Africa.
While we're on the subject, Mr. Trump, Africa is a continent. You're welcome.
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