Biden says he spoke Jan. 6 with German chancellor who died in 2017
President Biden said he spoke with the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died in 2017, in 2021 as he recalled previous conversations at Wednesday’s fundraising events. The gaffe marks his second of the week.
Biden attended three campaign reception events in New York on Wednesday afternoon, according to his schedule. At his second and third events, he told donors about talks around January 6, 2021, at his first Group of Seven (G7) meeting as president, which took place in England in June of that year.
The president said that the late German Chancellor Kohl asked him what he would say if he learned that 1,000 people would attack the British Parliament in an attempt to deny the next prime minister from taking office.
Kohl was not present at the annual meeting, as he had been dead for four years, but former German Chancellor Angela Merkel was.
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Wednesday’s gaffe is similar to the one Biden made on Sunday after he said he spoke to François Mitterrand, the French president who died in 1996, at the same G7 meeting.
“I sat down, and I said, ‘America back,'” Biden told a crowd in Las Vegas. “And Mitterrand from Germany – I mean from France – looked at me and said…”
Then Biden gathered his thoughts to finish the sentence: “Well, how far back are you? “
This week’s events are just the latest in a series of interesting comments by Biden involving dead people.
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For example, Biden told supporters at a 2022 rally in Hallandale Beach, Florida, that he spoke with the man who invented “insulin.”
“How many of you know someone with diabetes who needs insulin?” Biden asked the attendees. “Do you know how much it costs to make that insulin drug for diabetes? … It was invented by a man who didn’t patent it because he wanted it to be available to everyone . I talked to him, okay?”
By the time Biden was born in 1942, fellow insulin discoverers Frederick Banting and John MacLeod were already dead. Charles Best and James Collip, two other co-discoverers of insulin, lived decades after Biden was born, but were named on the patent, which contradicts his statement.
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Shortly before the event in Florida, Biden was speaking at the September 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, and looked in the audience for the late Indiana Republican representative Jackie Walorski, who died in a car accident a month earlier.
“I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like … Senator Braun, Senator Booker, Representative … Jackie … Are you here? Where’s Jackie?” Biden said as he searched for it. “I don’t think so [inaudible] she was going to be here.”
Biden also told a group of donors during his 2019 presidential campaign that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died in 2013, was worried about America under Trump. When people pointed out the mistake, Biden described it as a “Freudian slip” and said he intended to quote British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Fox News Digital’s Joe Schoffstall and Cameron Cawthorne contributed to this report.