September 21, 2017

During a United Nations lunch on Wednesday, while delivering a speech to nation leaders, President Trump twice cited an African country that doesn't exist.

The president opened up his remarks by naming the countries attending, "I'm honored to host this lunch with the leaders of Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Nambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and South Africa."

He praised an effort to bring new jobs to Louisiana and then brought up health issues.

Trump said, "Uganda has made incredible strides in the battle against HIV aides."

He continued, "In Guinea and Nigeria you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak.
Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.”

Who is Nambia?

Last night on CNN, Anderson Cooper made fun of these comments.

“Tonight we’re traveling to a magical land far, far away. A place so special it’s almost like it doesn’t exist.” Cooper said, before explaining the president “straight up made up” a country.

Taking note of Trump’s apparent flub, Cooper pointed out it may appear to be a “slip of the tongue,” but in reality “he thinks there’s a place called Nambia.”

“Maybe it’s a combination of Namibia, which is a real place, it’s lovely—I went there for Christmas one year, and Narnia, which is not and I wish it were, and I would love to go there if I could only fit through that wardrobe,” Cooper suggested, later adding, “I guess if you’re the president you can just say them however you want.”

“I just want to remind you he was speaking to African leaders,” Cooper continued.

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