Trump praises non-existent country 'Nambia' twice in UN speech

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

UNITED NATIONS (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Donald Trump twice mispronounced the name of a South African country during a speech at the United Nations Wednesday, leading to an outpouring of jokes on Twitter.

Presumably referring to Namibia, the Republican commander-in-chief spoke of the nonexistent country of "Nambia."

"I'm greatly honored to host this lunch, to be joined by the leaders of Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Nambia," Trump said during a midday meeting of African leaders.

He later praised, "In Guinea and Nigeria you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak. Nambia's health system is increasingly self-sufficient."

BBC News reports Trump misspoke in front of Namibian President Hage Geingob, who has yet to comment.

The gaffe made Anderson Cooper's "Ridiculist." On CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°" Wednesday night the host noted, "Yeah, he said 'Nambia.'"

A dumbfounded Cooper said of Trump's second mispronunciation, "He thinks there's a place called Nambia."

Stephen Colbert, who hosted the Emmy Awards Sunday, ripped Trump's mistake on "The Late Show."

"There is no such country as Nambia," Colbert said to a chuckling audience. "Despite that, they will soon have a better health care system than we do. I might move to Nambia. I hear very good things."

#Nambia jokes lit up Twitter:

Trump supporters dismissed the president's mistake, accusing liberals of dramatizing a slip of the tongue.

President Trump was also criticized for saying at Wednesday's luncheon, "Africa has tremendous business potential. I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich. I congratulate you. They're spending a lot of money."


Leake reported from Washington.

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