Rabat – US President Donald Trump appeared to invent a new African state, “Nambia,” during a lunch with African leaders in New York on Wednesday.
While listing achievements of various countries of the continent, Trump praised “Nambia’s” health system, saying that it is “increasingly self-sufficient.”
This is not the first time that Trump has made mention of this fictional state. The president did it once before during a meeting with leaders from Ghana, Namibia, and Uganda.
Social media users were quick to detect the error, taking to Twitter to criticize Trump and try to figure out which country the former reality TV host was referring to: Namibia, Zambia, or Gambia. Some pointed out that “Nambia” could be a combination of the three.
Honored to host a luncheon for African leaders this afternoon. Great discussions on the challenges & opportunities facing our nations today. pic.twitter.com/AbnBJtKCAI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
Others took the side of Trump, saying that aside from mispronouncing the name of the African state, he made an accurate statement concerning economic opportunities in the continent.
Country in global south created in 2017 due to the frequency of Namibians having sexual relations with Zambians and Gambians.
— Elnathan John (@elnathan_john) September 20, 2017
So what would the ‘Nambian’ flag look like? https://t.co/c2hTj2StIn
— Inappropriate (@inaskosana) September 21, 2017
WHY DID BARACK OBAMA NEVER VISIT #NAMBIA?
— Tré Easton (@treeaston) September 20, 2017
— Lau van Overbeek (@lauvancrus) September 20, 2017