During a speech where President Joe Biden aimed to defend his memory and cognitive abilities, an unusual incident occurred when he mistakenly referred to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as the “president of Mexico.” This slip-up took place on the same evening when the Department of Justice released a report evaluating Biden’s handling of classified documents, ultimately concluding that he was not mentally fit to knowingly commit a crime.
Following a prepared speech read from a teleprompter, President Biden took unscheduled remarks and began addressing questions from present reporters. Responding to a question about Israel and Gaza, he described the situation in Gaza as “over the top” and attributed a decision to the “president of Mexico,” mistakenly referring to Egypt’s President El-Sisi. Biden claimed that El-Sisi initially resisted opening the border for humanitarian aid but was convinced to do so after a conversation with the U.S. President.
In remarks assuring the nation that his mental fitness and memory are good, Joe Biden refers to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as the “president of Mexico”
Simultaneously, the special counsel, a Republican appointed by Biden’s attorney general Merrick Garland, released a report indicating Biden’s difficulty recalling events during his vice presidency (2009 to 2017) and even struggling to remember when his son Beau died in 2015. During a news conference later that night, Biden emotionally reacted to passages in the report that raised doubts about his recollection of events.
The incident highlighted concerns about Biden’s cognitive abilities and memory lapses, particularly as he faced scrutiny over the special counsel’s findings. The President’s emotional response during the news conference reflected the impact of the report on his public image and raised questions about his ability to recall crucial details from his past. Read the full story here ▶