Biden mistakenly calls Korean “President” Moon Jae-in ‘prime minister’ hours after calling, “Prime Minister” Benjamin Netanyahu “President”
Biden walks very, “gingerly” up the stairs of Air Force One.
- The slip ups came during a speech about the Israel-Hamas ceasefire and Medal of Honor ceremony on Thursday and Friday, respectively
- Biden, 78, is the oldest US president ever elected
- He has faced questions over why his staff shield him from off-the-cuff interactions with journalists
- Biden has repeatedly insisted he is cognitively-sound
Biden, 78, presented 94-year-old Korean War veteran Ralph Puckett with the Medal of Honor on Friday, he said, ‘The people in the Republic of Korea haven’t forgotten, as evidenced by the fact that the prime minister of Korea is here for this ceremony,’ The New York Post reported.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Biden referred to Netanyahu as ‘President Netanyahu’ during his speech celebrating an Israel-Hamas cease-fire, according to The Post.
The mix-ups are the latest in a string of gaffes that have provided Biden’s critics with punchlines about the oldest president in the United States’ history.
Twice in March, he tripped up the steps to Air Force One. Both times, he recovered, laughed it off and saluted to photographers and reporters.
He also took heat for his comment at the end of an April press conference about the CDC mask guidelines.
‘This is the last question I’ll take, and I’m really gonna be in trouble,’ he said.
It wasn’t clear what Biden meant by being ‘in trouble,’ but critics took to Twitter to mock the president by asking who the leader of the free world could be in trouble with.
Biden’s opponents opponents have also denigrated the president as a ‘puppet’ of his staffers, and questioned why he is discouraged from off-the-cuff interactions with journalists, which his predecessor Donald Trump appeared to enjoy.