US President Donald Trump has become the butt of jokes on social media after mispronouncing the name of a southern African country during a working luncheon with the continent’s leaders in New York.
“Nambia’s health system is increasingly sufficient,” Trump said in praise of the non-existent country, after earlier using the same mistaken pronunciation in his opening remarks.
While the White House later clarified that the president was in fact referring to Namibia, Twitter users were quick to pounce on the gaffe.
Nambia is the world’s top exporter of covfefe https://t.co/ho8TcgXkgn— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) September 21, 2017
Donald Trump is disliked by every country in the world so now he is turning to fictional countries like “Nambia” for support. 🙄— PROUD RESISTER 👊 (@ProudResister) September 21, 2017
You guys shouldn’t make fun of Nambia.— YS (@NYinLA2121) September 21, 2017
Without Nambia, we would not have any covfeve.#Nambia
NAFTA, SHMAFTA. Trump will negotiate the best bilateral trade deals with #Nambia. Rust Belt: saved.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 20, 2017
I hear the three to five million illegal immigrants who helped Hillary win the popular vote were from #Nambia— Sulome Anderson (@SulomeAnderson) September 20, 2017
Trump is no stranger to being mocked on social media. Previous gaffes that have been met with a barrage of jokes include his now infamous “covfefe” tweet, his retweet of a post calling him a fascist, and his warning of an “unpresidented” act by China.