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Says did not know “so many countries” before

It’s Donald Trump once again. It’s only him who can do that. This time he candidly revealed his ignorance of geography and international politics by saying he never knew there were “so many countries” until he was elected as President.

While addressing Japanese dignitaries in Tokyo on Monday, Trump admitted he had been unaware of the number of countries in the world until he became president and received congratulatory phone calls from the world leaders over his election victory.

He was referring to his meeting with Japanese PM shinzo abe in New York in November last year, after a week of surprise election as President. He said that their relationship got off to a “rocky start”.

“So my relationship with Shinzo got off to quite a rocky start because I never ran for office, and here I am. But I never ran, so I wasn’t very experienced. And after I had won, everybody was calling me from all over the world. I never knew we had so many countries,” he said.

The businessman-turned politician said, “I didn’t know you were supposed to not see world leaders until after you were in office which was January 20th.” He further said, “You were just not supposed to because it was considered bad form. It was not a nice thing to do and I understand that from the standpoint of the president whose place you were taking.”

The US President’s interesting remarks admitting his ignorance in Japan went viral on social media and faced massive outrage and mockery.

US President Donald Trump was in Japan at the first leg of his 12-day five Asian nation tour. After Japan he travelled to South Korea and has arrived in Beijing on Wednesday. He is scheduled to visit Vietnam and Philippines. Trump will participate at US-ASEAN summit in Manila on November 13 and 14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among several heads of states to meet Donald Trump in Manila.

According to Google, there are 195 countries in world today, of them 193 are full members of UN and two (Holy Sea and Palestine) have non-member “observer” status.

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