Two Russian comedians apparently prank-called United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley last week by posing as a Polish government official and getting her to defend the sovereignty of a fake nation, according to news reports.
The pranksters, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, posted a YouTube video Friday in which a woman who identified herself as Haley believed she was talking with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
The video was first reported Tuesday by The Post and Courier in South Carolina, where Haley served as governor before President Donald Trump named her to the U.N. post in January.
The conversation apparently took place Friday.
“Let me start with very much thanking you for the support we received on the vote today,” Haley said in the video. “We will never forget it.”
She was referring to Thursday’s vote by the U.N. General Assembly to condemn Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Poland was among 35 countries that abstained from voting on the resolution.
Then, the comedian posing as Morawiecki asked Haley about Binomo, a fictional island in the South China Sea.
“You know Binomo?” he asked. Haley responded, “Yes, yes.”
“They had elections — and we suppose Russians had its intervention,” the comedian said.
“Yes, of course they did, absolutely,” Haley responded. “We’ve been watching that very closely — and I think we will continue to watch that as we deal with the issues that keep coming up about the South China Sea.”
The prankster posing as Morawiecki then asked Haley what the U.S. planned to do about Binomo.
“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,” Haley said. “I will report back to you on that as well.”
When asked about the video, John Degory, a Haley spokesman, told the Post and Courier that “we have nothing to share on that at this time.”
He also declined to comment on the authenticity of the video.
The Russian pranksters have previously targeted other U.S. officials, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry in July, according to the Post and Courier.
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