We already know Donald Trump isn’t the sharpest crayon on the radiator. But it seems like we should be able to hold a world leader, especially one from America, to a higher standard of at least 7th-grade social studies.
Unfortunately, you deal with the president you have, not the president you want, and that’s why I sprained my neck cringing so hard at Trump’s appearance at a “working lunch” with African leaders. I suppose I should just get over the embarrassment of being globally represented by the equivalent of a moldy tangerine in an ill-fitted suit. It is what it is, right? At least we don’t live in Nambia.
Where’s Nambia, you ask? Well, that’s the totally fictional country Trump just said into a microphone, while reading off a script, in front of most of the leaders of an entire continent. He was talking about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa back in 2014 that was only recently declared eradicated. He mentioned Guinea and Nigeria without so much as transposing that hard “G” unflatteringly. And then he got to Nambia:
Trump, at a lunch with African leaders, refers to the non-existent country of “Nambia.” pic.twitter.com/N8megnC1Xi
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 20, 2017
Is he talking about Zambia, in East Africa? Or maybe Namibia, down by South Africa? Perhaps he meant The Gambia, which is actually in West Africa, but if he did, I think the WHO might disagree on his assessment of the health care system there.
No matter what, Trump looks like an asshole in front of the world again, and he has whoever wrote the paper he was reading it off to fire for it.
At least he didn’t say “Zamunda,” although that would actually have been pretty funny, despite the heartbreaking fact that we have an intellectually stunted adolescent for a president.
I wonder what the odds are on Trump doubling down and demanding a meeting with the president of Nambia? Pretty good, I imagine.
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