Biden blames the American troops' "selfishness" for the slip-up in Saudi Arabian address.
Gaffe-prone On the last day of his journey to the Middle East, President Biden referred to the "selfishness" of American troops, which caused his entourage to cringe.
Biden said in a speech to the Gulf Cooperation Council officials in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, "For the first time since 9/11, an American President is visiting this area without American soldiers being involved in combat – in a combat mission in the region."
Including my son, Major Beau Biden, who spent a year stationed in Iraq, he said, "We'll always respect the bravery and selfishness — selflessness of the — and sacrifices of the Americans who served."
As his boss made the awful language blunder, Secretary of State Antony Blinken blinked hard and shuffled uneasily in his seat, as the White House later observed in its official transcript.
Two days prior, during an official visit to Israel, Biden startled ears by referring to the "honour of the Holocaust."
On that occasion as well, he swiftly rectified himself by stating, "horror of the Holocaust," as the passage had been written.
It was the most recent in a string of errors and misstatements made by the 79-year-old president.
Recently, in a teleprompter gaffe right out of Will Ferrell's comedy classic "Anchorman," has incorrectly referenced the "1918" mass shooting at Parkland High School and shouted out what appears to be a stage command, "repeat the line."