During his recent stop in Cambodia, the Washington Examiner reports that President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to the Cambodian prime minister as the leader of “Columbia.”
“Now that we are back together here in Cambodia, I look forward to building even stronger progress than we’ve already made,” Biden said, adding, “I want to thank the prime minister for Colombia’s leadership as ASEAN chair.”
Biden’s trip around the world
This trip to Cambodia is part of a larger, worldwide trip that Biden is making in order to support his and other world leaders’ climate agenda. The trip has three main stops: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Bali, Indonesia.
Egypt was Biden’s first stop, and there he met with the country’s president – Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – and partook in the United Nations’ COP27 climate conference.
Biden then headed for Cambodia, where he met with Prime Minister Hun Sen and the leaders of Japan and South Korea, among others. The above video is of remarks that Biden made, while in Cambodia, during a gala dinner hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
It’s not the first time
What makes Biden’s gaffe especially embarrassing is that it took place on the world stage and that he had just made the same mistake a few days earlier, while still in America.
Speaking to reports just before leaving the U.S., Biden said:
Anyway, you guys, I’m heading down to — first of all, going to Cairo for the, for the environmental effort, then heading over to Colombia and then – I mean, Cambodia. I was thinking, I’m thinking the Western Hemisphere – And then off to Indonesia. So there will be a lot to talk about.
At least on this occasion, Biden recognized his mistake and corrected it – two things that he failed to do at the ASEAN dinner.
The final stop
Biden’s final stop of his worldwide trip is Indonesia, the location of this year’s G-20 climate summit. The big news here is that China’s Xi Jinping was in attendance, and he and Biden, on Monday, had an in-person meeting for the first time since Biden became president.
Biden, after shaking Xi’s hand, said:
As leaders of our two nations, we share responsibility in my view to show that China and the United States can manage our differences, prevent competition from becoming any bigger than mere conflict, and to find ways to work together on urgent global issues that require our mutual cooperation.
It would appear that Biden has chosen to try to release some of the pressure that has built up between the U.S. and China in recent years.