After confusing Emmanuel Macron with François Mitterrand, Joe Biden now confused former German Chancellor Angela Merkel with his predecessor Helmut Kohl, who died in 2017.
Recounting the same anecdote about the G7 in Cornwall, where the storming of the Capitol was being discussed, the 81-year-old president recalled — speaking at a fundraiser in New York on Wednesday — that “after having declared that the United States has turned, 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 broke into parliament?'
This is the second slip in 24 hours by Biden, who has recently looks cloudy and tired even in the face of questions from journalists who follow him in the White House.
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This is the second time this week that the US president has confused European leaders. Photo: AP
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 has made a series of embarrassing mistakes in public, Politico highlights.
In July 2023, he accidentally said that “more than 100” Americans had died from Covid-19. The White House later corrected this figure to “more than 1 million.”
In June, He confused the war in Ukraine with that in Iraq and said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “losing 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 Türkiye by calling Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Türkiye's leader. And less than a week later, he mistakenly said that Hungary borders Russia. It is not like this.
Last month, Trump also confused Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
With information from ANSA and Politico