Russian comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov appear to have successfully pranked U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley into lying and expressing concern about a crisis on a fictional island called “Binomo” by posing as Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
“Let me start with very much thanking you for the support we received on the vote today,” Haley said, referring to Poland’s abstention from the U.N. vote last week to condemn President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“We will never forget it,” she added.
The prankster posing as Morawiecki then asks Haley about the fictional island of Binomo in the South China Sea.
“You know Binomo?” he asked.
“Yes, yes,” Haley replied.
“They had elections and we suppose Russians had its intervention,” he said.
“Yes, of course they did, absolutely,” Haley replied. “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 then asks Haley what the U.S. 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 said.
The Hill added:
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.