Did he fall into a space-time rift? Monday evening, February 5, while participating in a fundraiser for his presidential campaign in New York, American President Joe Biden told an anecdote about his participation in a G7 summit in June 2021 in the United Kingdom.
It was a few months after his inauguration, and after the storming of the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. “Helmut Kohl, the German, looked at me and said: ‘What would you say, Mr. President, if tomorrow you opened the Times British government to read that 1,000 people had forced the door of the British parliament and killed people, with the intention of preventing the Prime Minister from taking office? » » , declared Joe Biden, according to remarks transcribed by the journalists accompanying him. This type of meeting is not filmed or recorded, but the press can take notes.
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He had already confused Macron and Mitterrand
Did he participate in a G7 meeting or in a spiritualist session to speak like this with Helmut Kohl? The German chancellor, from 1982 and 1998, died in 2017. Germany was represented at this summit by Angela Merkel…
This is not the first gaffe of its kind for President Biden. In a speech on Friday in Las Vegas, he had already mentioned this G7 meeting, and this time referring to former French President François Mitterrand, who died almost thirty years ago, and not his current counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who participated. .
The American president very often refers to this international summit during which, according to him, international leaders expressed their concern for American democracy.
Biden’s age concerns
Joe Biden’s age, accustomed to gaffes or rambling remarks, is a major concern among voters, according to polls. Opinion surveys reveal that this is less the case for Donald Trump, aged 77 and also a presidential candidate in November.
But the former Republican president also has his moments of confusion. In January, in a speech, he confused his rival for the Republican nomination Nikki Haley with the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi.