President Joe Biden has made yet another embarrassing gaffe — this time during a meeting with Asian allies in Cambodia on Saturday.
During opening remarks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, the president slipped up — thanking the prime minister of “Columbia,” when he meant to say “Cambodia.”
“I was honored to host at the White House in May. Now that we are back together here in Cambodia, I look forward to building even stronger progress than we’ve already made,” he said.
“I want to thank the prime minister of Colombia’s leadership,” Biden continued. “And the ASEAN, as the ASEAN chair and for hosting all of us.”
Biden was referring to Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, who is currently the chair of the 10-member regional bloc.
Biden, in remarks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, thanks "the prime minister for Colombia" for his "leadership as ASEAN chair."
The ASEAN chair is the prime minister of Cambodia. pic.twitter.com/1vJDGP9ljI
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The president appeared not to notice his obvious error, as he did not correct himself and continued speaking.
This is not the first time that Biden made this mistake. On Thursday, as he was speaking to reporters prior to leaving for his overseas trip, the president also referred to Cambodia as “Columbia” — though, this time, he managed to correct his mistake.
“I’m heading down to — first of all, going to Cairo for the – for the environmental effort, then heading over to Colombia and then — I mean, Cambodia,” Biden said.
During the summit, the president appeared to be reading carefully from his notecards while speaking about his pledge to work alongside the nations present at the event to battle climate change and to support the rule of law in the region.
“We will build better future, a better future, we all say we want to see, and we’re going to see for all one billion people in our countries,” Biden said.
The president is currently on an overseas trip which includes stops at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt, ASEAN in Phnom Penh and the G20 summit in Indonesia.
Biden, who will turn 80 years old on November 20, said last week that he intends to run for reelection in 2024 — and it is likely that he will make the final decision early next year. His frequent gaffes often give rise to concerns about his age and call into question his ability to hold office, with Republican critics arguing that his cognitive decline has proven he is unfit for the presidency.
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