In a recent incident that has gone viral, President Joe Biden found himself at the center of a controversy yet again over remarks he made during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Big Tech CEOs. A short clip of the President’s comments, posted on Twitter by the “Research” account of the Republican National Committee, quickly gained traction and sparked widespread mockery and criticism.
During the meeting, President Biden, known for his occasional gaffes and lapses in train of thought while speaking, jokingly stated, “I sold a lot of state secrets and a lot of very important things that we shared.” The remark was met with laughter, after which the President added, “Now, all kidding aside…” and proceeded to discuss the transformative impact of technology on people’s lives, according to the official White House transcript.
However, the 14-second video shared on Twitter did not include President Biden’s follow-up statement, creating a misleading impression. The omission, coupled with a screenshot of the transcript that excluded the President’s explanation, fueled the ensuing uproar. The clip quickly amassed over a million views within a mere two hours, with many interpreting the remarks as a Freudian slip or a confession of wrongdoing.
Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) questioned the Democrats’ response, calling for them to address the matter. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) went as far as demanding Biden’s impeachment, asserting that his comments were an insult to America. Greg Price, the communications director for the State Freedom Caucus Network, drew comparisons to former President Donald Trump’s legal battles, highlighting the disparity in the treatment of the two leaders.
Biden: “I sold a lot of state secrets”
The self-propelled grandfather forgot that the microphone was turned on nearby, or did not understand that his words were being broadcast on TV.
Judging by the reaction, Indian Prime Minister Modi did not expect such revelations from the… pic.twitter.com/chxRS6AQxq
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