She already that admitted that she understood all that, but had a temporary brain fart.
These things happen.
I have a wonderful bit, which pisses people off endlessly, where I claim that "America" as we understand it conceptually, doesn't really have a name of it's own, or at all, for some of the reasons your suggested before I get obtuse and tie the truth in a big fucking bow, that if it doesn't have a name then it might not exist.
"The United states of America is just a description of a 50 regions on the greater continent of America, just like I could say that you are a bag of meat."
And so on.