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Biden defends ‘fine’ memory, then immediately confuses two world leaders

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President Biden faced criticism after mistakenly referring to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the “president of Mexico,” raising concerns about his mental acuity.

Biden said, “As you know, initially, the president of Mexico Sisi [sic] did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in [to Gaza]. I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate.”

This incident occurred during a speech addressing questions about his age and memory, following the release of a report by Special Counsel Robert Hur.

America First Policy Institute communications officer Marc Lotter said, “He got the president of Mexico to open the gate for refugees from Gaza? Dear God. Whoever thought this was a good idea should be fired.”

New Yorker contributor Susan Glasser wrote, “Yeesh. ‘President of Mexico’ Sisi. Bad for Biden in an appearance meant to dispel concerns about his age. What a year this day has been.”

New York Post columnist John Podhertz added, “So Sisi is the president of Mexico.”

Rep. Dan Bishop commented, “If this speech was meant to assuage voters’ concerns about his age and mental state, it failed miserably. It was hard to watch.”

The report did not recommend criminal charges against Biden for mishandling classified documents, but described him as an elderly man with a poor memory.

This gaffe, along with previous instances of confusion regarding world leaders, has fueled public debate about Biden’s mental state.

The Atlantic staff writer Yair Rosenberg wrote, “Biden has gaffed names his entire career. In 2008, he introduced his running mate as ‘the next president of the United States, Barack America.’ He was clearly talking about Egypt, named Sisi, and laid out his policy and the broader issues in detail. Twitter just isn’t interested.”

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