Trump creates a new African country?

File: US president Donald Trump said, "I am greatly honored to host this lunch to be joined by the leaders of Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Nambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda and South Africa." at a working lunch with African leaders Photo: Getty / AFP / Drew Angerer

WASHINGTON - While addressing African leaders at a working lunch during the UN general assembly on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump slipped up on the pronunciation of Namibia. 

Trump said, "I am greatly honored to host this lunch to be joined by the leaders of Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Nambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda and South Africa. In particular, I want to thank President Conde who is representing the African Union."

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After the initial mispronunciation, the US president said "Nambia" again when referring to improvements in healthcare.

The gaffe gathered attention from social media and international news and was quickly pilloried by satirists.

 

Commentators didn't restrict themselves to the president's mispronunciation but also poked fun at Republicans' previous attempts at damage control of previous blunders.

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Others brought attention to some other concerning issues with his address, particularly when he said, "I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich."

 

 

 

A vocal minority were content Trump's breach of etiquette didn't go too far.

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