Joe Biden’s ‘brutal’ faux pas clouds monumental Ukraine announcement

President Joe Biden appeared to temporarily use the wrong country name on Wednesday while making a key announcement regarding sending tanks to Ukraine.

The blip came as Biden was listing statistics for various weapons sent by Ukraine’s allies to help the country against the invading Russians. He said such shipments are “everything to counter Ukraine’s brutal aggression, which is taking place because of Russia.”

The President apparently wanted to say “Russia’s brutal aggression”. He paused briefly after saying aggression, then added the statement about Russia at the end of the sentence. At the beginning of the speech he repeatedly said the expression “Russia’s aggression”.

The blip came during Biden’s announcement that the United States would provide Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s forces with 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks.

GOP War Room, an official Republican National Committee YouTube account, shared a clip of Biden’s blunder. The post was captioned “Biden makes no sense.”

President Biden announces US will give Zelensky tanks
Pictured is US President Joe Biden during an announcement of military support for Ukraine in the Roosevelt Room of the White House January 25, 2023 in Washington, DC. The smaller picture shows Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a news conference in Kyiv January 24, 2023. Biden apparently made the verbal mistake of saying “Ukraine” instead of “Russia” when he said of “brutal Aggression” Abrams-Panzer spoke to Zelenskyj’s forces.
Photos by Alex Wong/SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Several social media users and some right-wing media outlets were also quick to pick up on Biden’s mistake and post messages about it.

“Statements like this are the reason why his lawyers suddenly realize that he has secret documents everywhere,” said journalist Dan Cohen tweeted about the faux pas.

Biden was recently ridiculed by social media users online when he misidentified the 2021 US Capitol riots as “6. July” instead of January 6 while delivering a speech marking the second anniversary of the event.

That verbal error occurred at a White House event where Biden presented 14 people with the Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the country’s highest civilian honors, for their actions in thwarting Capitol rioters.

“If I can stop for a second and just tell you that the ramifications of what happened on July 6th had international ramifications that I don’t think any of you can fully understand,” Biden said of the honorees.

Biden’s Wednesday announcement regarding the Abrams tanks came the same day that Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced his country would send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Zelensky. The decision was an abrupt change for Germany, which had been reluctant to give Ukraine tanks.

The United States, too, had hesitated for a while before giving in to Ukraine’s repeated demands for tanks. The Associated Press reported that the US initially refused to supply Zelensky with the Abrams tanks because of the “extensive and complex maintenance and logistical challenges of the high-tech vehicles.”

news week has reached out to the White House and Republican National Committee for comment. Joe Biden’s ‘brutal’ faux pas clouds monumental Ukraine announcement

Rick Schindler

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