For the past week Joe Biden has been representing the United States on the world stage as leaders of the wealthiest nations gather for the G7 summit in England. The president has routinely made a number of gaffes and mistruths, stuttering his way though awkward press conferences and question and answer sessions.
"And uh, I've said before and I apologize for the – Oh, I didn't Jake Sullivan from the State Department [inaudible]. I'm leaving out a lot of people here I apologize. I'm going to get in trouble. But, anyway, we'll get back to that. But um we um you know…" – President Biden. pic.twitter.com/7buuCpNzm7
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) June 15, 2021
During one of these overseas press conferences, Biden repeatedly confused the Middle Eastern countries of Syria and Libya, both of which he’s played a major role in their destruction both politically and through use of military force.
The White House confirmed President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to Libya three times during a press conference on Sunday when he meant to refer to Syria.
Biden stuttered and stumbled over his words as he tried to express his desire to discuss U.S. approach to Syrian relations with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. From the White House transcript (Emphasis added):
- There’s a lot going on where we can work together with Russia. For example, in Libya, we should be opening up the passes to be able to go through and provide — provide food assistance and economic — I mean, vital assistance to a population that’s in real trouble.
- For example, the rebuilding of — of Syria, of Libya, of — you know, this is — they’re there. And as long as they’re there without the ability to bring about some order in the — in the region, and you can’t do that very well without providing for the basic economic needs of people.
- So I’m hopeful that we can find an accommodation that — where we can save the lives of people in — for example, in — in Libya, that — consistent with the interest of — maybe for different reasons — but reached it for the same reason — the same result.
The clip circulated wide on social media, eventually going viral, raising many concerns from Republicans and Democrats alike.
WATCH: Joe Biden confuses Syria with Libya THREE TIMES. pic.twitter.com/8iewTindfr
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 13, 2021
Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, confirmed that Biden did in fact confuse the two nations when he attempted to relay his plan for the upcoming meeting with President Putin.
The exchange between Sullivan and reporters was as follows:
Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan confirms that the president meant to say Syria – when he said “Libya” three different times at his press conference: pic.twitter.com/7kKrPUWLyq
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) June 14, 2021
Sullivan said Biden plans to discuss Libya with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday and Syria with Putin on Wednesday.
Author: Nolan Sheridan