Biden Makes Massive Gaffe in Front of S.Korean President, Embarrasses America - WATCH
Meeting with President Moon Jae-in becomes awkward
Self-proclaimed "gaffe machine" Joe Biden lived up to his name on Friday after a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, which ended in awkwardness.
Biden's blunder came when he said the delegations “discussed ways that the Republic of Korea and the United States will work together to address the challenges of our time,” according to a White House transcript.
Biden added that the two nations would also work together to fight climate change while at the forefront of new technological developments.
"We also talked about how to harness our nation’s technological advantages to ensure the Republic of Korea and the United States are cooperating to shape — to shape emerging technologies around our shared value system,” Biden said.
The enter the gaffe - WATCH:
Joe Biden confuses the G5 organization with the 5G wireless network while at a bilateral press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. pic.twitter.com/mrltbmxWlm— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) May 21, 2021
“This includes everything from strengthening our cybersecurity to deepening our cooperation to build out an open secure G5 network — 5G network, I should say," Biden said.
"I’m talking about the G-5, that’s another organization,” Biden said.
“I’m thinking organization, Mr. President — to secure the 5G networks.”
The “G-5” is shorthand for a group of developing countries whose economies are considered nearly on par with those of the major industrialized nations, which are collectively known as the Group of 7, or G-7.
The G-7 included:
- The United States
- Canada, France
- Great Britain
- Italy, and Japan
G-5 includes China, although it shares the space with Brazil, India, Mexico, and South Africa.
China’s controversial technology company Huawei is a leader in 5G infrastructure technology.
Due to Beijing's control over Huawei, there are concerns over safeguarding the 5G mobile networks.
Biden said he and Moon Jae-in remained “deeply concerned” about tensions with North Korea when the gaffe occurred.
It’s terrifying that he has the nuclear codes.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 21, 2021
“Our two nations also share a willingness to engage diplomatically with [North Korea] to take pragmatic steps that will reduce tensions as we move toward our ultimate goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Biden said.
“Today, I affirm to President Moon that the United States will proceed in close consultation with the Republic of Korea and our strategy and our approach.”
Biden added the two leaders were “under no illusions how difficult this is – none whatsoever.
"The past four administrations have not achieved the objective.
"It’s an incredibly difficult objective.”