Video shows Biden getting profoundly confused in front of South Korean leader

On Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in became the second world leader to visit the White House since President Joe Biden took office. Our president decided to honor the visit with a classic gaffe straight from the Biden playbook.

In this case, the president’s solecism came during his remarks after a meeting in which Biden said the delegations “discussed ways that the Republic of Korea and the United States will work together to address the challenges of our time,” according to a White House transcript.

In addition to working together on pandemic-related issues, Biden said, the two nations would also work together on fighting climate change and ensuring both countries were at the forefront of new technological developments.

“We also talked about how to harness our nation’s technological advantages to ensure the Republic of Korea and the United States are cooperating to shape — to shape emerging technologies around our shared value system,” Biden said.

And commence gaffery now:

“This includes everything from strengthening our cybersecurity to deepening our cooperation to build out an open secure G5 network — 5G network, I should say. I’m talking about the G-5, that’s another organization,” Biden said to laughter.

“I’m thinking organization, Mr. President — to secure the 5G networks.”

There’s a bit of problematic irony here, inasmuch as the “G-5” includes the nation we’re most concerned about securing 5G networks from.

For the uninitiated, the “G-5” is shorthand for a group of developing countries whose economies are considered nearly on par with those of the major industrialized nations, which are collectively known as the Group of 7, or G-7. The G-7 is made up of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and Japan.

In the G-5, the 900-lb. gorilla in the room is China, although it shares the space with Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa.

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