(USA Features) President Joe Biden drew fresh criticism from detractors concerned about his mental status after stumbling through answers during a press conference at the G7 Summit over the weekend.
At one point, the president appeared to have difficulty distinguishing between Syria and Libya during a response involving a question about responding to Russian aggression from NBC News’ Peter Alexander.
“There is no guarantee you can change a person’s behavior or the behavior of their country. Autocrats have enormous power and they do not have to answer to a public,” Biden began.
“The fact is that it may very well be if I respond in kind, which I will, that it does not dissuade him. He wants to keep going. But I think we’re gonna be moving in a direction where Russia has its own dilemmas, let us say, in dealing with its economy, dealing with — COVID, and dealing with, not only the United States, but Europe writ large and the Middle East,” he continued.
“There is a lot going on where we can work together with Russia. For example, in Libya, we should be opening up the passes to be able to go through and provide — food assistance — an economic, I mean — vital assistance to a population that is in real trouble,” he added.
“I think I’m gonna very hard — by the way there’s places where — I should not be starting off by negotiating in public here, but let me say it this way — Russia has engaged in activities which we believe are contrary to international norms,” he continued.
“They have also bitten off some real problems they’re gonna have trouble chewing on. For example, the rebuilding of Syria, of Libya — you know, this is — they’re there and as long as they’re there without the ability to bring about some order in the region, you can’t do that very well without providing or the basic economic needs of people, so I am hopeful that we can find accommodation where we can save the lives of people in, for example, in Libya consistent with the interests of — may be far different reasons — but for the same reasons,” the president said.
Fox News host and personality Tammy Bruce took to Twitter to call attention to Biden’s stumbling.
“This is horrible. At some point his cognitive disfunction has to be considered a natl security threat if only because of the confidence it must give our enemies,” she tweeted.
This is horrible. At some point his cognitive disfunction has to be considered a natl security threat if only because of the confidence it must give our enemies “President confuses Syria with Libya three times”
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) June 13, 2021
Several of Biden’s critics brought up his mental status for months during the 2020 campaign and since he entered the White House, but administration officials say that physicians have given him a clean bill of health and have not documented any deficiencies.