During a G7 Summit press conference on Sunday in France, U.S. President Joe Biden, repeatedly confused Syria and Libya when speaking on ways to work with the Russian government.
Biden said, “We can work together with Russia, for example in, in Libya.”
“For example, in Libya, we should be opening up the passes to be able to go through and provide food assistance, an economic, I mean, vital assistance to a population that is in real trouble. I think I’m gonna try very hard — by the way, there’s places where — I should not be starting off by negotiating in public here, but let me say it this way: Russia has engaged in activities which we believe are contrary to international norms,” he continued.
Biden didn’t stop there.
“They have also bitten off some real problems, and they’re gonna have trouble chewing on them. For example, the rebuilding of Syria, of Libya. They’re there, and as long as they’re there without the ability to bring about some order in the region, and you can’t do that very well without providing for the basic economic needs of people, so I am hopeful that we can find an accommodation where we can save the lives of people in, for example, in Libya consistent with the interests of — maybe for different reasons, but for the same reasons,” his gaffed.
The president’s wife, Jill Biden joking exclaimed, “He’s over prepared!”
His staffers later clarified with inquiring reporters the president ment to say Syria.