The Washington Examiner reports that President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to Cambodia as Columbia — twice — during his recent stop in Cambodia.
It’s bad enough when he does such things here, in America. But, to do it abroad, while in the actual country, while the world is watching, is far worse.
Not once, but twice!
The first time Biden mixed up Cambodia and Columbia was on Friday when he was still on U.S. land.
Speaking to reporters, Biden said:
Anyway, you guys, I’m heading down to — first of all, going to Cairo for the, for the environmental effort, then heading over to Colombia and then – I mean, Cambodia. I was thinking, I’m thinking the Western Hemisphere – And then off to Indonesia. So there will be a lot to talk about.
As you can see, in this first instance, Biden made the mistake, recognized it, corrected it, and even explained it. But, when in Cambodia, he didn’t do any of those things.
Addressing local Cambodian leaders on Saturday, Biden said, “I want to thank the prime minister for Colombia’s leadership as ASEAN chair.”
Here, Biden simply continued his remarks, seemingly oblivious to the error.
Why was Biden in Cambodia, anyway?
Biden is currently making a worldwide trip in the name of climate activism. He has three main stops on the trip: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Bali, Indonesia.
Biden already made the stop in Egypt, where he attended the United Nations’ COP27 climate conference and met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
From there, Biden flew to Cambodia, where he met with several local leaders, including Prime Minister Hun Sen and the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Biden, while in Cambodia, also met with the leaders of Japan and South Korea and the newly-elected prime ministers of Italy and the United Kingdom.
Then, Biden will make his final stop in Indonesia to attend the G-20 climate summit. The big news here is that China’s Xi Jinping will be in attendance, presenting the opportunity for a face-to-face meetup between Xi and Biden.
We’ll see if Biden can do better in Indonesia than he did in Cambodia. It’s a low bar. Getting the name of the country right would be a start.