Joe Biden had his first meeting with a foreign head of state today, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Interestingly, Suga was initially met and shown around by Kamala Harris, not Joe Biden, prompting many to ask: where was Biden? Why was she doing what you would normally think Biden would do?
shouldn't Biden be the one to welcome Japan's prime minister? pic.twitter.com/SG6W8K6jFS
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) April 16, 2021
But Suga then did see and talk with Biden in afternoon meetings, which were in part about how to deal with the aggressive moves being made by China in regard to Taiwan and how to have a coordinated response to that aggression.
After the meetings, they had a presser in the Rose Garden, and that’s where it began to go over the slide.
First, according to the Fox News broadcast, it appears that had Biden had trouble remembering the title of the foreign leader with whom he’d just met and with whom he was now holding a press conference. Who was he? The Vice President? The President? Biden wasn’t sure, although ultimately he did figure it out.
Sorry, who? pic.twitter.com/eV9LHhN28a
— Heather Champion (@winningatmylife) April 16, 2021
But if you listen to the White House video release, as I did, from about 5:30 to around 6:10, you can listen to the edits right at that point, where those comments were made. So they’re literally remaking history by taking out anything that can be negative for Biden. They’re not even going to let you hear/see any mistakes from Biden. They really need to be called out on this — and they would be, if we had real media willing to hold them to account. There are also multiple, other edits one can hear; what else was cut out?
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 16, 2021
Then, Biden also made a comment about the Japanese man who won the Masters golf tournament in Georgia. While the All-Star Game was apparently bad to have there, according to Biden, it appears that having the Masters there is just fine. Biden refers to the 29-year-old winner, Hideki Matsuyama, as a “Japanese boy.” Yikes.
President Biden congrats the Japan PM on Hideki Matsuyama becoming the first Japanese golfer to win the Masters:
"I know how proud you are of the people of Japan are. And you've got a Japanese boy coming over here, and guess what, he won the Masters." pic.twitter.com/cJ7cnm6FPd
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 16, 2021
“I know how proud you are of the people of Japan are,” Biden said. “And you’ve got a Japanese boy coming over here, and guess what, he won the Masters.”
Wonder why Kamala was tasked to meet with the PM and show him around? It’s stuff like this.
One has to wonder what it was like in the private meetings, whether or not he completely confused Suga. But, Biden likely had more help in the private meetings, and may get some cover for his confusion with the help of a translator.