Biden mistakenly thanks Colombia for hosting ASEAN summit in Cambodia

United States President Joe Biden has now twice referred to Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit host Cambodia as Colombia, including during Saturday’s remarks opening the talks.

  • FOX NEWS – “It was an honor to host at the White House in May, and now that we are back together in Cambodia,” Biden said as he opened the talks. “I look forward to building even stronger progress than we’ve already made. I want to thank the prime minister for Colombia’s leadership as ASEAN chair.”
  • POLITICO – U.S. President Joe Biden offered a full-throated American commitment to the nations of Southeast Asia on Saturday, pledging at a Cambodia summit to help stand against China’s growing dominance in the region — without mentioning the other superpower by name.
  • CNN – “They’re very concerned that we are still the open democracy we’ve been and that we have rules and the institutions matter,” Biden said Wednesday during a news conference.
  • NBC NEWS – “Together we will tackle the biggest issues of our time, from climate to health security, defend against the significant threats to rule-based order and to threats to the rule of law,” Biden said at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.