‘YIKES’: Biden team forced to delete humiliating post attempting to thank Vietnam president

President Joe Biden’s overseas trip included another international flub as a shoutout to the Vietnamese president featured a photo of a different official.

Evidently, the gaffe capacity of the commander-in-chief had rubbed off on his communications team more readily accustomed to covering for his mistakes instead of their own. However, such was the case on Monday when Biden returned stateside from Vietnam and the official POTUS account on X lauded the trip, evidently without verifying the selected image.

“YIKES,” wrote Townhall’s John Hasson who shared the since-deleted post alongside an actual image of Vietnamese President Võ Văn Thưởng and one of Vietnam’s National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue who was featured shaking hands with Biden with the caption, “President Võ Văn Thưởng, thank you for such a productive meeting. This partnership is about unleashing our peoples’ potential and, with it, a range of incredible possibilities.”

Since it was pulled, the embarrassing post has been supplanted with a video montage of Biden’s travel abroad with the message, “Following 50 years of progress in the relationship between our nations, from conflict to normalization, I am proud to have strengthened ties with Vietnam — a critical Indo-Pacific partner — even further. The United States is a Pacific nation, and we are not going anywhere.”

The social media snafu only added to the miserable performance put on by Biden at a press conference where White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reportedly had to pull the president from the stage as he drifted further and further away from the decorum expected from the leader of the free world.

From recounting the plot of a John Wayne movie in order to rollout a favored invective, “lying, dog-faced pony soldier,” to telling those gathered that “I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go to bed,” the president even admitted to “just following my orders” as he sought aid from his staff on how he was supposed to proceed.

The blunder on X came weeks after another incident had confirmed what few doubted and, in fact, Biden was not responsible for the posts attributed to him. As previously reported, Jean-Pierre’s account had briefly displayed the message, “Investing in America means investing in ALL of America. When I ran for President, I made a promise that I would leave no part of the country behind.”

Of course, these were only a few of the moments from the weekend that left Americans cringing as Biden also attempted to crack a joke during a speech marking the 22nd anniversary of 9/11 as the first president to not appear in person at one of the sites of the terrorist attack or hold a memorial service at the White House. Additionally, the slights extended even further as widow Terry Strada, national chair of 9/11 Families United, slammed the chummy relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “slap in the face to all of the 9/11 families and survivors.”

The unfortunate result of the Vietnam photo error was in sending the message that at least someone at the White House seemed to think all Asians look the same.


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