On Monday, President Joe Biden took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to thank a certain leader for their productive meeting. However, the post was met with laughter and ridicule as Biden mistakenly referred to the Vietnamese National Assembly chairman as the president of the Asian country.
The post read: “President Vo Van Thuong, thank you for such a productive meeting. This partnership is about unleashing our peoples’ potential and, with it, a range of incredible possibilities.”
Accompanying the post was a photo of Biden shaking hands with a Vietnamese politician, however, the person was not the country’s president, but rather the Vietnamese National Assembly chairman, Vuong Dinh Hue. The post was quickly deleted, however, the mistake didn’t go unnoticed by eagle-eyed social media users.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment, however, it appears the faux pas was due to confusion from the President’s recent trip to the Asian nation.
Earlier this week, the President traveled to Vietnam and in a recent press conference, answered a question about China’s relationship with the United States before announcing he was sleepy.
Biden’s team just posted a picture thanking Vietnam President Võ Văn Thưởng
There’s just one problem—that’s not Thưởng in the picture
It’s Vuong Dinh Hue, Chairman of the National Assembly 😬 pic.twitter.com/MeVpPzKCbS
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) September 12, 2023
“But I tell you what, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go to bed,” Biden said to a group of reporters.
After Biden’s declaration, a reporter shouted a question about Biden’s meeting with Chinese Premier Li Qiang. Biden met Li during the G20 summit over the weekend, however, the President never made it back on stage.
It appears Biden may have been tired and confused all the Vietnamese leaders he met on his short trip and posted the wrong photo without double-checking the caption. The mistake reflects a lack of attention to detail which, if not corrected, may lead to future costly errors.
This faux pas not only calls into question the President’s attention to detail, but also his capacity to recall important details from his official communique. Had the President double-checked the photo caption, it would not have been necessary to delete the post, unless, of course, this faux pas was intentional.
As of now, the White House has not commented and no clarification has been released as to whether or not the mistaken title was intentional.