Joe Biden spoke to the United Nations in New York City on Thursday, and not everyone came away impressed with the commander in chief. That in and of itself isn’t shocking, as world leaders have repeatedly questioned Joe Biden and his mental cognition, as well as his age, but the country and respective leader leveling the criticism and foul language was.
After Biden pledged 6 billion dollars to fight Aids, malaria and tuberculosis worldwide, South Korea’s President had some not-so-flattering things to say. His comments weren’t for public consumption, but a “hot mic” caught everything.
According to reports, South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol reacted in a “foul” manner, not realizing his mic was still on, criticizing both Biden and the Democrat-controlled Congress.
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Certainly, other world leaders, as well as Americans doubt the effectiveness of Joe Biden and his administration, and while Americans aren’t afraid to speak out, foreign leaders usually don’t.
Biden wrapped up his speech by saying:
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“With bipartisan support in our Congress, I have pledged to contribute up to $6 billion to that effort,” Biden said. “So I look forward to welcoming a historic round of pledges at the conference resulting in one of the largest global health fundraisers ever held in all of history.”
Clearly unimpressed with the American president, the South Korean president dropped some language that frankly I didn’t know they used in South Korea. It’s not enough to mow down Biden, so Yoon also took Congress to task with a savage question, obviously rhetorical, for his aides.
“How could Biden not lose damn face if these f—ers do not pass it in Congress?” Yoon asked his aides on a hot mic Wednesday, Fox News reported, citing the South China Morning Post.
But the South Korean leader wasn’t done there. Obviously, his frustration with Joe Biden and the democrats got the best of him, as did the hot mic.
“It would be so humiliating for Biden if these idiots don’t pass it in Congress,” he also said as he left the event, according to the Washington Post.
For their part, South Korean officials are doing their best to cast doubt on the authenticity and downplay the comments in light of the diplomatic relations between South Korea and America.
“He wasn’t speaking publicly on the stage but in passing, and although I don’t know who recorded it and how, I actually think it should be verified,” a South Korean official told reporters afterward, according to Yonhap.
A criticism used on US lawmakers by the President of South Korea has gone viral on social media — after a hot mic picked him up using an expletive https://t.co/NbbLYLJfcx
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“I think it’s highly inappropriate to draw a link between private remarks and diplomatic accomplishments,” the official added, in response to criticism that the South Korean leader created a diplomatic crisis.
It would be best for South Korea to fall on the sword here and own the comments with perhaps an apology, rather than deflect. What was said, was said and the world has the receipts to prove it regardless of any spin attempt from South Korea.
It’s a bad look to make your number one ally look bad on the world stage with insults and “f” bombs, especially when that country is keeping you safe from real bombs. South Korea needs to take the hit and move on. We are all frustrated with Joe Biden, but we are allowed to say it out loud, South Korea is not.