Biden Mistakenly Calls Kim Jong-un South Korean President

US President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as the "President of South Korea" during a campaign reception. This is not the first time Biden has stumbled over the South Korean president's name, sparking concerns over his mental acuity.

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Nitish Verma
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Biden Mistakenly Calls Kim Jong-un South Korean President

Biden Mistakenly Calls Kim Jong-un South Korean President

During a campaign reception in Portola Valley, California on Friday, US President Joe Biden made a significant gaffe when he mistakenly referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as the "President of South Korea." The blunder occurred while Biden was criticizing his 2024 opponent, former President Donald Trump, over his close relationship with the dictator.

Why this matters: This mistake raisesconcerns about President Biden's mental acuity and ability to lead the country, particularly in matters of foreign policy. It also provides ammunition for his electoral opponent, Donald Trump, as the 2024 presidential race heats up.

"We'll never forget his love letters for the South Korean President Kim Jong Un or his admiration for Putin, what a great leader Putin is," Biden said during the event. The mistake is particularly embarrassing for the president, who has taken steps to forge a tight alliance with South Korea and has met with its actual president, Yoon Suk Yeol, on multiple occasions.

Biden hosted Yoon at the White House for a lavish state dinner in April 2022 and spent time with him during a summit at Camp David last August. However, this is not the first time Biden has stumbled over the South Korean president's name. In May 2022, he referred to Yoon as "President Moon," confusing him with his predecessor, former President Moon Jae-in.

The 81-year-old president has a history of verbal blunders involving the names of world leaders. According to the New York Post, he has flubbed the names of current and former leaders of Mexico, Egypt, France, Germany, and Ukraine. In July, Biden referred to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as "Vladimir" during a NATO summit in Lithuania, apparently confusing him with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biden's string of gaffes has sparked concerns over his mental acuity as he seeks a second term in the White House. If re-elected in November, Biden, the oldest president in American history, would be 86 at the end of his second term. The president's verbal missteps provide ammunition for his electoral opponent, Donald Trump, as the 2024 presidential race heats up.

Key Takeaways

  • President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as the "President of South Korea" during a campaign reception.
  • This gaffe raises concerns about Biden's mental acuity and ability to lead in foreign policy matters.
  • Biden has a history of verbal blunders involving world leaders' names, including Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky and South Korea's Yoon Suk Yeol.
  • Biden's mistakes provide ammunition for his 2024 opponent, Donald Trump, in the presidential race.
  • If re-elected, Biden would be 86 at the end of his second term, sparking concerns about his age and fitness for office.