When Joe Biden was on the campaign trail, he earned a reputation for stumbling through speeches. He sometimes had difficulty pronouncing certain words, and typically required notes and other aids.
And as President, Biden’s critics claim it hasn’t gotten better. In fact, some believe Biden is even worse, especially after a speech he gave over the weekend at the G-7 Summit in the UK.
This time, Biden made the same mistake—three times in a row.
NBC News’ Peter Alexander asked what actions Biden’s team plans to take against Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin.
Biden responded by talking about Russia’s military actions in Syria, but he confused that country with Libya. He never seemed to correct himself, either, as he kept making the same error.
Here are a few snippets of the speech where the President makes that mistake:
There is 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 — food assistance — an economic, I mean — vital assistance to a population that is in real trouble.
You would think someone behind the scenes would’ve interrupted Joe to correct him, but that didn’t happen.
And the President just kept going, and continued to mix up Syria and Lybia:
They have also bitten off some real problems they’re gonna have trouble chewing on.
For example, the rebuilding of Syria, of Libya — you know, this is — they’re there and as long as they’re there without the ability to bring about some order in the region, you can’t do that very well without providing or the basic economic needs of people…
…so I am hopeful that we can find accommodation where we can save the lives of people in, for example, in Libya consistent with the interests of — may be far different reasons — but for the same reasons.
This only adds fuel to the Republican fire: they’ve been claiming for a long time that Biden’s cognitive abilities are failing.
And every time he makes mistakes like these during live speeches, his critics just get more ammunition.
Of course, Democrats and most Biden supporters simply chalk this up to everyday errors that are nothing to be concerned about. They certainly don’t believe the President has any cognitive issues.
However, that didn’t stop some people from pouncing.
For example, Fox News contributor and Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce tweeted:
Perhaps most concerning about this particular gaffe is that it happened on the worldwide stage. Biden critics say this might send the wrong message to our enemies.
After all, if the President of the United States can’t even get two countries straight during an important speech, what else can’t he get right…?
- President Joe Biden confused two countries (Libya and Syria) three times in a row during a G-7 Summit speech.
- Biden appeared confused and stumbled through the sentences when talking about these countries.
- Critics say it sends the wrong message to our enemies, and they worry that Biden’s cognitive abilities are putting the U.S. in danger.