Biden says Putin doesn’t want a ‘Cold War’ & strips off in bizarre speech after referring to Russian as President Trump
JOE Biden stripped off his suit jacket and accidentally referred to Vladimir Putin as President Trump today in a big blunder on a world stage.
The 78-year-old president made the mistake while he was telling reporters about his much-anticipated meeting with President Putin on Wednesday afternoon.
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Biden mistook the Russian President for the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, as he delved into what was discussed at the long-awaited summit.
He then quickly corrected himself, before continuing to speak about his discussions during the four-hour-long meeting.
"I caught part of President Trump's … eh Putin's … press conference," Biden said.
"He talked about the need for us to have some kind of modus operandi where we dealt with making sure that the Arctic was, in fact, a free zone," Biden said, continuing on from the blunder.
Later in the briefing, Biden stripped off his jacket as the heat of the day appeared to get too much after the five-hour meeting.
Biden claimed: "I'm going to take my coat off becuase the sun is hot."
"Let's get something straight, we know each other well we're not old friends, it's strictly business," Biden said of Putin during the briefing.
The Biden slip-up using Trump's name came after Putin name-checked the former president in his own briefing.
"His predecessor had a different view, he decided to evade the question. This one decided to act differently," Putin said of Biden.
"His reply was different from Trump's. He's very different to President Trump."
Biden delivered a solo press conference on the Putin meeting after the Russian leader first gave his own briefing.
The US President had reportedly been advised by Russian experts not to hold a joint appearance with Putin.
"I told President Putin my agenda is not against Russia or anyone else.," Biden began.
"It's for the American people.
"I also told him that no President of the United States could keep faith with the American people if they did not speak out to defend our democratic values," Biden continued.
The US President said that Russia is "not able to dictate what happens in the world."
"There are other nations of significant consequence, i.e., the United States of America being one of them," he said, adding that the US will continue to address "fundamental human rights" with Russia.
"That's who we are," he insisted.
"We haven't lived up to it completely, but we've always widened the arc."
Biden picked back up his jacket and donned his aviators as he left the stage.
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