Trump spoke at a luncheon in New York with leaders from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Namibia.
During his speech, Trump praised the southern African nation of Namibia’s health-care system when he made the faux-pas.
“In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak,” he said. “Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.”
An official White House transcript of the remarks clarified the president was referring to Namibia, which is located on the southwestern edge of Africa and has a population of nearly 2.5 million people.
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Trump also told the African leaders that the continent 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.”