Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday evening of a conversation he would have had in 2021 with former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died in 2017.
This is the second time in the space of a few days that the American president has made an embarrassing confusion, after the one involving François Mitterrand.
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The blunders are multiplying. Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday evening, during a presidential campaign event, about a conversation he would have had at a June 2021 G7 summit in the United Kingdom with former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. However, the leader died… in 2017. “Helmut Kohl, the German, looked at me and said ‘What would you say, Mr President, if tomorrow you opened the British Times to read that 1,000 people had broken into the British Parliament and killed people, with the intention of preventing the Prime Minister from taking office? ?'”, declared the American president during a fundraising meeting in New York, according to remarks transcribed by journalists accompanying him.
As a reminder, Germany was represented at this summit by Angela Merkel. Helmut Kohl remained at the head of the German government between 1982 and 1998.
A similar confusion last week
This is the second time in the space of a few days that the head of state has committed a mix-up involving a deceased foreign leader. In a speech Friday in Las Vegas, he had already mentioned this same G7 meeting, this time evoking former French President François Mitterrand, who died almost 30 years ago, and not his current counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who participated. The Democrat often talks about this international summit during which, according to him, several leaders expressed their concern for American democracy.
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The age of Joe Biden, 81, is a major concern among voters in the next presidential election, according to polls. Especially since he is becoming more and more accustomed to gaffes or disjointed remarks. His great rival, Donald Trump, also has his moments of confusion. Last January, for example, in a speech, he confused for many minutes his rival for the Republican nomination Nikki Haley with the former President of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi.