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Is This Trump's Most Mortifying Admission of His Presidency?

The commander-in-chief admits he had no idea how many countries there were.

Photo Credit: White House

President Donald Trump is on a trip to Asia, and his first stop in Japan raised eyebrows for his numerous bizarre public comments.

Trump told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a joint press conference that he wanted to make sure Japan doesn't surpass the U.S. economically and boasted about the country's upcoming military purchases from the U.S.

The most embarrassing moment came during an address to Japanese dignitaries at a state banquet when Trump acknowledged that, before becoming president, he didn't realize there were so many countries in the world.

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“So my relationship with Shinzo got off to quite a rocky start because I never ran for office, and here I am,” Trump said in his usual confusing manner. “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.”

Watch the comment around 14 minutes into the video.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.