US President Joe Biden was exposed to an embarrassing situation during the virtual press conference with Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Biden seemed to forget the Australian prime minister’s name while announcing the… security partnership New yesterday, Wednesday.
The slip occurred during the conference to unveil the “AUKUS” alliance, through which America and Britain would help Australia build a nuclear-powered submarine fleet.
Morrison spoke first at the conference, followed by Johnson, then Biden took the stage and thanked the UK prime minister for his introduction, saying “Thank you Boris.”
But when he turned to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Biden seemed to forget his name, leading to an embarrassing pause.
In addition, footage of that embarrassing moment has spread widely on social media.
The clip has been viewed thousands of times on Twitter, with the ThatFellaDownUnder phrase Biden used when he forgot the name became a hashtag on social media.
It is noteworthy that the new tripartite defense and security partnership between the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia was described as a “milestone” to protect and defend common interests in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region.
The first initiative under AUKUS will be the cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines of the future for the Royal Australian Navy, which aims to promote stability in the Indo-Pacific region.