US President Donald Trump delivers remarks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City.
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."
After the initial mispronunciation, the US president said "Nambia" again when referring to improvements in healthcare.
The President of the United States just made up an African country while speaking to African leaders pic.twitter.com/GBY56lYP5f— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 20, 2017
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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Now comes the phase where serious Republican pundits claim Namibia really is pronounced "Nambia" and if you disagree you're an elitist— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) September 20, 2017
Dear President Trump:— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) September 20, 2017
I want to invest 5 billion US$ in Carrier plants and clean coal projects. Please send bank info.
The King of #Nambia
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."
Trump thinks that in Africa (which his "friends" are set to plunder) there's a nation called "Nambia." No joke.— Eugene Robinson (@Eugene_Robinson) September 21, 2017
A vocal minority were content Trump's breach of etiquette didn't go too far.
Thank God he didn't have to say "Niger". #Nambia— bad Trini (@LSAT62) September 20, 2017