The US president mixed up Cambodia with Colombia, while attending a summit in the Asian country
US President Joe Biden thanked “the Prime Minister of Colombia” on Saturday for chairing a summit of Southeast Asian leaders in Cambodia. Verbal slippage is the president’s latest geographic blunder.
“Now that we are back here in Cambodia…I want to thank the Colombian Prime Minister for his leadership as ASEAN Chair and for welcoming us all,” he added. Biden said, apparently intending to refer to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who currently chairs the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc.
Biden’s confusion of Cambodia and Colombia — countries 18,000 miles apart — is the latest in a long line of verbal blunders and blunders that some Republicans say prove his cognitive abilities are impaired.
Biden, in his remarks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, thanked “the Prime Minister of Colombia” for his “leadership as ASEAN President.” The President of ASEAN is the Prime Minister of Cambodia. pic.twitter.com/1vJDGP9ljI
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Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Biden commented on Russia’s troop withdrawal “back from Fallujah” in Iraq rather than Kherson, a territory that was incorporated by Russia last month. The incident was the second time in a week that Biden had conflated the conflict in Ukraine with the US campaign in Iraq two decades earlier, and came several months after publicly praising “the people of Iran” intend to refer to Ukrainians.
Biden has also forgotten the names of his own officials, such as Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, and foreign leaders, such as Australian Scott Morrison, and often stumbles over teleprompter-assisted speeches. Despite turning 80 next week, Biden insists he intends to run for office again in 2024, when he turns 82.
“I wonder if he thinks ASEAN is chaired by the country of Colombia, the US District of Columbia, the city of Colombo in Sri Lanka or Lt. Columbo?” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded in a message on her Telegram channel.
The president’s visit to Phnom Penh came between a jaunt to the UN’s COP27 climate conference in Egypt and next week’s G20 summit in Indonesia.
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