President Joe Biden concluded his participation in the Group of Seven summit in the United Kingdom with a solo press conference, and declared before the world that “America is back at the table” and “back in the business of leading the world.”
But it was at that table that U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson not only corrected the 78-year-old U.S. president after a memory lapse but proceeded to shush him with a hand gesture in much the same way one might try to quieten a rambling uncle at the dinner table.
As humiliating as that may be, it wasn’t the only time Biden seemed to get confused with the facts. During Sunday’s press conference, on three separate occasions, Biden confused “Libya” and “Syria” while discussing the possibility of working with Russia.
“There’s a lot going on where we can work together with Russia,” he said. “For example, in Libya, we should be opening up the passage 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.”
He mentioned that there are places where Russia “has engaged in activities which are — we believe are contrary to international norms, but they have also bitten off some real problems they’re going to have trouble chewing on.”
This being a reference to Syria, of course — yet Biden continued to be confused as he rambled on, his sentences becoming less and less coherent.
“And, for example, the rebuilding of — of Syria, of Libya, of — you know, this is — they’re there,” he said. “And as long as they’re there without the ability to bring about some order 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 Libya, that — consistent with the interest of — maybe for different reasons — but reached it for the same reason — the same result.”
The Republican National Committee was only too happy to share footage of the gaffe show:
WATCH: Joe Biden confuses Syria with Libya THREE TIMES. pic.twitter.com/8iewTindfr
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 13, 2021
There was another creepy moment during the press conference when Biden was being asked how does he “justify” keeping in place tariffs on steel and aluminum established by the Trump administration.
An annoyed Biden leaned forward and whispered into the microphone, “120 days. Give me a break.”
He then walked away from the lectern.
Before taking the question, the president said: “I’m going to get in trouble with my staff but go ahead,” adding, “Pretend that I didn’t answer you.”
Turns out, Biden had been in office 145 days as of Sunday, not 120 days. And it’s not like the president maintains such a busy schedule that he might lose track of the days.
(Video: The Washington Post)
And keep in mind that Biden reportedly signed more than 60 executive actions in his first 100 days, with 24 of them being direct reversals of former President Trump’s policies.
Biden would defend his decision not to hold a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in an interesting way.
“This is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference and try to embarrass each other,” Biden said, after explaining that he had already expressed his views on a number of pressing issues.
In the end, Biden talked about America being back — this being a political shot at the previous administration — but his actions suggested this was just words.
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