President Joe Biden has long been well known for uttering gaffes, but Vice President Kamala Harris has developed her own reputation for unfortunate slips of the tongue and nearly indecipherable word salads.
The latest example from Harris came following a visit to the Demilitarized Zone of the Korean Peninsula when she touted the “alliance” between the United States and the “Republic of North Korea,” Breitbart reported.
Harris confuses the two Koreas
VP Harris concluded a four-day trip to Asia on Thursday with a visit to the Korean DMZ that separates the communist North from the democratic South.
Following that visit, Harris delivered brief remarks at the Joint Security Area Landing Zone and immediately appeared to confuse the two Koreas in the opening line of her speech.
“So, the United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea,” Harris said. “And it is an alliance that is strong and enduring.”
KAMALA HARRIS: “The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea.” pic.twitter.com/H2dI5UYOlo
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What Harris undoubtedly meant to say, as is evident from the remainder of her remarks, was simply the “Republic of Korea,” which is the formal name of South Korea. North Korea, on the other hand, is more formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
North Korean missile launches
The Associated Press reported that VP Harris’ visit to the Korean DMZ also coincided with the now commonplace but no less provocative ballistic missile launches from the communist regime north of the demarcation line.
Two short-range ballistic missiles were fired into the Sea of Japan shortly after Harris had left the Peninsula to return home, the third round of launches in just a few days. North Korea had fired two other missiles a day earlier while Harris was in Japan, and had fired a single missile on Sunday when the vice president first left Washington D.C. to begin her trip to Asia.
Meanwhile, South Korean officials warned that their communist counterparts to the north were preparing to conduct tests of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile in the near future, as well as to conduct another nuclear test — something the regime hasn’t done for several years.
More time at the Korean border than at the U.S. border
Fox News also reported on VP Harris’ visit to the Korean DMZ as part of her trip to Asia and noted that it had been marred by more than just her gaffe and the provocative North Korean missile launches, as she was the subject of highly critical protests by South Korean activists.
Ironically enough, Harris also received some criticism from home, primarily in regard to the fact that she appears to have spent more time and expressed more interest in the heavily fortified Korean border than she has with porous and lightly defended U.S. southern border.