In another awkward moment, Joe Biden confused Colombia with Cambodia in front of several Asian leaders. Southeast Asia’s regional bloc, ASEAN, gained a surprise new member from the other side of the world on Saturday, at least for a moment, thanks to a slip of the tongue by US President Joe Biden. “I want to thank the prime minister for Colombia’s leadership as president of ASEAN,” Biden said as he kicked off talks with regional leaders in Phnom Penh, chaired by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Colombia seems to be on the mind of the US president because he made the same mistake leaving the White House for his long trip to Asia.
Biden told reporters he was “heading to Colombia” before quickly correcting himself and saying, “I mean Cambodia.”
The current president of the United States, who turns 80 this month, is known for his numerous blunders during much of his long career in Washington.