South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol was heard calling U.S. lawmakers “idiots,” saying it might be “humiliating” for President Joe Biden if they don’t approve world well being funding, in response to a number of reviews.
Yoon and Biden met at a convention for the World Fund in New York on Wednesday. Biden has pledged $6 billion from the US to the group’s efforts to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The funding requires approval from Congress.
“It will be so humiliating for Biden if these idiots don’t go it in Congress,” Yoon was heard saying as he and a bunch left the World Fund occasion, as translated by a number of shops.
Video of the feedback rapidly went viral on-line. Some translations of Yoon’s feedback use an expletive as a substitute of the phrase “idiots.”
South Korea’s presidential workplace on Thursday stated Yoon’s feedback weren’t centered on the U.S., in response to a number of reviews. A spokesperson for the president’s workplace, Kim Eun-hye, stated Yoon didn’t say Biden, however a phrase that sounds comparable in Korean. She additionally stated he was referring to South Korean lawmakers, not U.S. members of Congress.
The new mic second didn’t go unnoticed by U.S. lawmakers, nevertheless. U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., on Thursday tweeted “hey, solely we get to say that.”
USA TODAY has reached out to the White Home for remark.
The White Home this week stated Biden and Yoon met on the United Nations Basic Meeting in New York, discussing cooperation between the U.S. and South Korea and a variety of different subjects.