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Joe Biden Mistakes a Dead Politician for a Living Man for the Second Time This Week

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Joe Biden mistook a living politician for a dead man for the second time this week.

THE The American President referred to the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl instead of former Chancellor Angela Merkel while detailing a 2021 conversation during campaign events on Wednesday.

At the New York fundraiser, the 81-year-old described conversations he said he had with European leaders at a G7 meeting in Cornwall in 2021, which took place months after there January 6 riots at the Capitol.

He said Helmut Kohl, who died in 2017, asked him how he would react if he read that people had stormed the British Parliament and killed officers “to prevent the election of a prime minister.”

But it was Ms Merkel who attended the summit as German chancellor.

The error occurred a few days later Mr. Biden confused François Mitterrandthe former French president who died in 1996, for the current president Emmanuel Macron.

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Biden confuses Macron with deceased French leader

In a campaign speech Monday in Las Vegas, Mr. Biden told the same story as Wednesday, highlighting the reaction of French and German leaders when they saw him at the G7 summit after the Jan. 6 riots.

Recounting his exchange with Mr. Macron, he not only called him Mitterrand, but also initially said that he was “from Germany”, before quickly correcting himself.

Mitterrand was president of France from 1981 to 1995.

The comments came less than a day before he appeared to freeze while briefing reporters on a possible hostage deal between Israel and Hamas.

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“There is movement and I don’t want to… choose my words,” he said Tuesday, speaking slowly.

“There was some movement, there was a response from… there was a response from the opposition but, yes, I’m sorry, from Hamas, but it seems be a bit exaggerated.”

Mr. Biden’s mistakes have been regularly pointed out in recent years.

More recent examples include mixing Taylor Swift and Britney Spears in November while pardoning turkeys in a Thanksgiving ceremony and calling the All Blacks rugby team “Black and tan” – a British paramilitary force that suppressed opponents of British rule during the Irish War of Independence.

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