President Biden appeared to forget the name of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday night while unveiling a key nuclear submarine pact — calling him “pal” and “that fella Down Under.”
The 78-year-old commander-in-chief — notorious for his flubs — was flanked by Morrison and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on giant screens as they unveiled the new AUKUS military alliance.
“Thank you, Boris, and I want to thank, er … that fella Down Under,” Biden said after a pause while turning toward the screen with Morrison, who’d already spoken.
“Thank you very much, pal. Appreciate it, Mr. Prime Minister,” he said, getting a thumbs up from Morrison, whom he called one of America’s “closest allies.”
While Biden did eventually address “Prime Minister Morrison” during his pre-written speech, the latest apparent flub was picked up by Australian media — and quickly lit up Twitter.
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