The error occurred when Biden listed statistics of various weaponry sent by Ukraine’s allies to aid the country against Russian invaders. He said the supplies were “all to help counter the brutal aggression from Ukraine that is happening because of Russia.”
The president apparently meant “brutal Russian aggression.” He paused briefly after saying assault, then added the statement about Russia at the end of the sentence. Earlier in his speech, he repeatedly uttered the phrase “Russia’s aggression.”
The gaffe occurred during Biden’s announcement that the United States would provide the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskywith 31 M1 Abrams battle tanks.
GOP War Room, an official Republican National Committee YouTube account, shared a clip of Biden’s mistake. The message was captioned “Biden makes no sense.”
Several social media users and a few right-wing outlets were also quick to pick up on Biden’s mistake and post about it.
“Statements like this are why his lawyers suddenly find out he’s left classified documents all over the place,” journalist Dan Cohen said. tweeted about the gaffe.
Biden was recently submitted to online mockery from social media users when he mistakenly referred to the 2021 riot at the United States Capitol as “July 6” instead of January 6 while delivering a speech at the second anniversary of the event.
The verbal error came during a White House event where Biden awarded 14 people the Presidential Citizens’ Medal, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, for their actions to thwart Capitol rioters.
“If I can stop for a second and just tell you that the impact of what happened on July 6 has had international repercussions beyond what any of you, I think, can fully comprehend “, Biden told the honorees.
Wednesday’s announcement from Biden about the Abrams tanks came the same day German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced his country would send Zelensky 14 Leopard 2 tanks. The move was a sharp change for Germany, which had been hesitant to donate tanks to Ukraine.
The United States had also hesitated for some time before agreeing to Ukraine’s request. repeated calls to tanks. The Associated Press reported that the United States initially resisted supplying Zelensky with the Abrams tanks due to the “extensive and complex maintenance and logistical issues with the high-tech vehicles”.
Newsweek contacted the White House and Republican National Committee for comment.