Joe Biden forgets name of Australia's PM at key nuclear submarine announcement

The US President, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, all announced on Wednesday that their nations would share the defense and nuclear submarine secrets

Joe Biden seems to have forgotten the Australian Prime Minister’s name

Joe Biden seemed to forget the Australian Prime Minister’s name during a landmark security speech – instead calling him “that guy Down Under”.

The US President, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, announced on Wednesday that their nations would share the defense and nuclear submarine secrets.

Each gave a short speech about the initiative, which is focused on assisting the Australian Navy and emerging in the face of growing concerns about China.

But during Mr Johnson’s handover, Mr Biden appeared to have made a mistake and did not say Mr Morrison’s name when thanking him.

Instead he said, “Thank you Boris” before pausing – and then added, “And I want to thank this guy Down Under. Thank you bro.

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Mr Biden is known to be prone to verbal slip-ups – with Reports He claims he is well aware of his reputation as a “slip-up” and thinks that this could make him popular with the electorate.

Announcing the new defense partnership, Mr Johnson said the alliance, known by the acronym AUKUS, would make the world a safer place and create jobs across the UK.

He said: “I am pleased to announce, along with President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison, that the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States are establishing a new trilateral defense partnership called Aukus to work hand in hand to maintain security and stability in the Indo-Pacific .

“We are starting a new chapter in our friendship and the first task of this partnership will be to help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear submarines, emphasizing, of course, that the submarines in question are powered by nuclear reactors and weapons are not armed with nuclear weapons, and our work will be fully in line with our non-proliferation commitments. “

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Mr Johnson added: “Perhaps most importantly, the UK, Australia and the US are brought closer together, reflecting the level of trust between us, the depth of our friendship and the enduring strength of our shared values ​​of freedom and democracy.”

“Now the UK will join forces with our allies to embark on this project to make the world a safer place and create jobs across the UK.”

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