President Joe Biden has been brutally mocked on social media after appearing to forget the name of the Australian Prime Minister during a joint UK, Australian, and US security conference. Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison had joined the US President for an unprecedented press conference on a new joint security partnership when Mr Biden made the gaffe. The awkward exchange led people on social media to suspect the US leader had forgotten his Australian counterpart’s name.
Mr Biden thanked the Prime Minister for his introduction saying: “Thank you Boris.”
He then turned to Mr Morrison and said: “I what to thank…uh…that fella down under.”
“Thank you very much pal,” added the President.
Social media users reacted with astonishment at the exchange, “hahaha Biden forgot Scott Morrison’s name,” penned one shocked viewer.
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Another, Kirstin Ferguson wrote: “Surely ‘That fella Down Under’ is the equivalent of running into someone in the pub whose name you can’t remember and can only come up with ‘Maate’.”
“Biden is a complete embarrassment,” wrote someone else.
Elsewhere, a user called Howard Valentine remarked, “That was awkward.”
“‘That fella down under’ ouch,” penned another.
The leaders of the three nations have pledged to help promote stability in the Pacific region amid growing geo-political contest with China.
A joint statement read: “The endeavour we launch today will help sustain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
“For more than 70 years, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States have worked together, along with other important allies and partners, to protect our shared values and promote security and prosperity.
Today, with the formation of AUKUS, we recommit ourselves to this vision.”