Was Nikki Haley Duped by Russian Comics to Comment on the Island of ‘Binomo’? (Which Doesn’t Exist)
There are a total of 193 member states in the United Nations. “Binomo” is not one of them. It does not exist.
But Nikki Haley — the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. — might not know that.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, a Russian comedy duo called Vovan and Lexus uploaded audio of a phone call in which they claim to have tricked Haley into believing she was speaking with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. As part of the call, a prankster who presenting himself as Morawiecki asked about Binomo — supposedly an island nation in the South China Sea.
Here is an excerpt of the conversation the duo claims to have had with the U.N. ambassador.
Comic: You know Binomo?
Haley: Yes, yes.
Comic: They declared independence. They had elections, and we suppose Russians had its intervention.
Haley: Yes, of course they did. Absolutely.
Comic: And now this Binomo land makes the situation in the South China Sea even more tense.
Haley: And we’re aware of that. And we’ve been watching that very closely. And I think we’ll continue to watch that as we deal with the issues that keep coming up about the South China Sea.
Comic: Yes, that’s correct. What should be done because of this Binomo?
Haley: Let me find out exactly what our stance is on that, and what if anything the U.S. is doing or thinks should be done. And I will report back to you on that as well.
In a statement to the Charleston Post and Courier, a spokesman for Haley neither confirmed nor denied that the ambassador participated in the call.
Was it her? Judge for yourself in the audio above, via YouTube. (The relevant portion begins at approximately the 11:20 mark.)
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