“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia,” tweeted President Donald Trump on Friday after a US soldier was killed in a suspected al-Shabab attack in southern Somalia.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia. They are truly all HEROES.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
But no such country exists.
Could the controversial US president have been referring to Somalia?
Somali social media users wasted no time in offering their own explanations.
One user asked on Twitter whether “Somolia was next to Nambia?”
Another one answered. “No, Somolia is the capital of Nambia.”
In a previous mispronounciation of another African country, Trump said “Nambia” when he meant to say “Namibia”.
— Abdisalam Aato (@AbdisalamAato) June 9, 2018
— Puot (@levippaul) June 9, 2018
Trump’s “Somolia” blunder aside, US defence officials said one American soldier was killed and four others and a Somali soldier were wounded in the attack near the southern Somali port city of Kismayo.
The US has been growing its footprint in the Horn of Africa nation in recent years.
Last year, a US Navy Seal was killed in Somalia, the first American combat death there since 1993.
The Trump administration has granted the US military broader authority to carry out strikes in Somalia against al-Shabab.