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Russian comedians appear to prank Nikki Haley into commenting on fictional country

The Hill logo The Hill 12/29/2017 Brandon Carter
Nikki Haley with collar shirt © Provided by The Hill A pair of Russian comedians appear to have successfully prank-called U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley by posing as a Polish government official.

The two comedians, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, posted a video over the weekend in which a woman identified as Haley believes she is speaking to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

"Let me start with very much thanking you for the support we received on the vote today," Haley says. "We will never forget it."

Haley was referring to the U.N. vote last week to condemn President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Poland was one of 35 countries who abstained from voting on the resolution.

The man posing as Morawiecki then asks Haley about the fictional island of Binomo in the South China Sea.

"You know Binomo?" the man said, to which Haley replied "yes, yes."

"They had elections and we suppose Russians had its intervention," the man said.

"Yes, of course they did, absolutely," Haley replies. "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 man posing as Morawiecki asks Haley what the United States plans to do about the fictional island of 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, and I will report back to you on that as well," she says.

A spokesman for Haley, John Degory, told The Post and Courier "we have nothing to share on that at this time" when asked about the video.

Degory would not comment on the authenticity of the video to The Post and Courier.

The two Russian pranksters have targeted other U.S. officials in the past. In July, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry conducted a fake phone interview with the two men, one of whom was posing as Ukraine's prime minister.

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