The U.S. President Donald Trump’s remarks on “Nambia” during a United Nations speech didn’t go without notice. People online quickly realized the gaffe and reacted strongly.
“Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient,” Trump said. The White House later published the speech, which showed Trump had meant to say “Namibia,” a southern African country.
The gaffe made headlines on major U.S. media outlets including CNN and the Washington Post, the latter of which said Trump was “inventing a country.”
The incident also went viral on social media. David Mack said on Twitter, “my god he said it TWICE.” Some speculated he was trying to say “Gambia,” or “Zambia.”
Stephen Colbert tweeted, “Can’t wait for Trump to visit Nambia and their technologically advanced neighbours in Wakanda.” Wakanda is a fictional African country where Marvel’s “Black Panther” is set.
A fake Donald Trump Twitter account posted: “Obviously while speaking about African nations when I was referring to ‘Nambia’ — the country I meant to mention was Narnia.”
Namibian President Hage Geingob was in the room with Trump as he made the speech. The gaffe was not just a harmless mispronunciation for some Namibians.
Melvin Hosea Angula posted on Twitter: “Hage: ‘great speech Trump,’ Trump: ‘its TruMp, the M is not silent,’ Hage: ‘oh like the ‘I’ in Namibia! #Namibia is not #Nambia.”
Namibia, known for its diamond mining industry, was liberated from the yoke of colonialism in 1990, after a 24-year liberation struggle.