Updated: Gov. Pat McCrory enthusiastically greeted Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier García Padilla on Sunday morning at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington by remarking what a great country Puerto Rico is -- then quickly recovered and said he knew it wasn't a country, according to a photographer standing nearby
Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, but is not a country or a state.
Press aide Ricky Diaz, who was also there, said it was a brief "lighthearted and private exchange between the two governors," and that McCrory knows Puerto Rico isn't a country.