Biden’s first trip overseas as president has had awkward, funny, and utterly embarrassing moments on the world stage.
1.) Biden stumbled over his words during a press conference as he was discussing his interest with Russian Vladimir Putin.
From the White House transcript (Emphasis added):
1: There’s a lot going on where we can work together with Russia. For example, in Libya, we should be opening up the passes to be able to go through and provide — provide food assistance and economic — I mean, vital assistance to a population that’s in real trouble.
2: For example, the rebuilding of — of Syria, of Libya, of — you know, this is — they’re there. And as long as they’re there without the ability to bring about some order in the — in the region, and you can’t do that very well without providing for the basic economic needs of people.
3: So I’m hopeful that we can find an accommodation that — where we can save the lives of people in — for example, in — in Libya, that — consistent with the interest of — maybe for different reasons — but reached it for the same reason — the same result.
A clip was found on social media by the Republican National Committee’s research team.
Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, after the press conference, told reporters that the president meant to say Syria, not Libya, during the discussions with Putin.
2.) Biden interrupts British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, suggesting he overlooked the introduction of South Africa’s president.
There was laughter from some of the world’s leaders at the table.
Biden mistakenly referred to COVAX, the program for global vaccines, as COVID (Chinese coronavirus) three different times during a press conference.
The White House transcript of the press conference corrected Biden’s remarks with brackets (emphasis added):
I committed that we would provide a half a billion — a half a billion beyond the 80 million we’ve already done — half a billion doses of Pfizer vaccine, which we contracted to pay for, in addition to money we put into the COVID [COVAX] project, which is that COVID [COVAX] is — and I know you all know, but a lot of people may not know what COVID [COVAX] is — that is a system whereby they’re going to provide funding for states to be able to get access to vaccines on their own, as well.
Biden confused some journalists with his statements about “COVID,” especially after saying “a lot of people may not know what COVID is.”
4.) Biden abruptly ends the press conference after he was asked about Former President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs.
“A hundred and twenty days. Give me a break,” Biden said hoarsely, leaning into the microphone. “Need time.”
At that point, Biden had been president for 145 days.
He left the stage without any additional comments to conclude his G7 meetings.
5.) Biden was in fear of his staff, reporting he would “get in trouble,” taking too many questions without prior staff approval.
“I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way,” Biden said as he looked at his list of pre-approved reporters.
Later saying to reporters, “I’m going to get in trouble with my press, my staff. Yeah, go ahead. But pretend that I didn’t answer you.”
6.) Biden engages with reporters, and Jill Biden move in quickly to retrieve him.
A female reporter asked Biden how his meetings w3ere going; he stopped, turned, and asked her to repeat her questions.
Jill retrieved Joe; she took his hand and led him away.
7.) Joe Biden declared he does not want to return to the United States.
“It’s gorgeous. I don’t want to go home,” Biden said to journalists who spoke to him when he first arrived in the G7 Summit in Cornwall.
8.) Biden dodged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handshake.
“Wait a minute, wait a minute,” Biden said, waving off Johnson as he grinned and offered an elbow bump to Johnson’s new wife, Carrie, instead.
Biden noted he and Johnson “married way above our station,” as he complimented Johnson’s wife.
9.) As President Biden and the First Lady arrived at the G7 Summit, the president joked everybody should jump in the water as the leaders took a picture on the beach in Cornwall.
10.) During a speech to troops stationed in the United Kingdom, a woman in the crowd yelled, “I love you, Joe!” this prompted the president to seek the woman’s identity.
His wife, Jill, quickly prompted Joe to turn and sheepishly salute his wife.