Despite his insistence that he’s “like a smart person” who has “the best words,” President Trump doesn’t actually have a very good track record when it comes to language or geography. Remember the infamous “covfefe” tweet? Remember when he suggested that Israel is not part of the Middle East?
The president struggled with both his words and his geography knowledge on Wednesday when he accidentally praised health care advancements that have been made in a non-existent African country.
While addressing the leaders of several real African countries — Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda — during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Trump first said:
‘Africa has tremendous business potential.
‘I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich. I congratulate you. They’re spending a lot of money.’
He then went on to make the following remarks about health care improvements throughout the continent:
‘But we cannot have prosperity if we’re not healthy. We will continue our partnership on critical health initiatives. Uganda has made incredible strides in the battle against HIV/AIDS. In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak. Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.’
It was unclear at first whether Trump was actually referring to Gambia in West Africa, Zambia in southern Africa, or Namibia in southwest Africa. However, BuzzFeed’s David Mack shared a screenshot of the White House’s transcript of the prepared speech on Twitter, which indicates Trump meant to say Namibia.
Watch Trump’s mistake in the video below, available via Twitter.
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
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.