After confusing Emmanuel Macron with François Mitterrand, Joe Biden is now confused with former German Chancellor Angela Merkel along with his predecessor Helmut Kohl, who died in 2017.
Relating the same anecdote about the G7 in Cornwall, where the attack on the Capitol was discussed, the 81-year-old president recalled, speaking at a fundraiser in New York on Wednesday, that “after it was declared that the United States is back, the German Helmut Kohl turned to me and said: ‘President, what would you do if tomorrow you opened the Times and read that 1,000 people entered the parliament?’
This is Biden’s second slip in 24 hours, which is recent and looks cloudy and tired even in the face of questions from journalists who followed him to the White House.
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The media in the United States ignored it.
Politico started a note on the topic with exclamation points and a “It’s happening again!”
This is the second time this week that the US president has confused European leaders with the dead. While telling another story about the G7 summit, Biden earlier this week confused French President Emmanuel Macron with the late François Mitterrand, who led France from 1981 to 1995 and died in 1996.
The 81-year-old president of the United States made a series of embarrassing public mistakes, Politico highlights.
In July 2023, he accidentally said that “more than 100” Americans were dying from COVID-19. The White House later corrected this figure to “more than 1 million.”
In June, he confused the war in Ukraine and Iraq and said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “lost the war in Iraq.”
Former President Donald Trump, who will be Biden’s main opponent in the upcoming US presidential election, is not immune to gaffes.
Last October, Trump confused Hungary and Turkey by calling Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban the leader of Turkey. And less than a week later, he made the mistake of saying that Hungary borders Russia. It’s not like this.
Last month, Trump also confused Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.