The South Korean president’s criticism of US lawmakers has gone viral on social media. After hot Mike takes him out using taunts.
Yoon Suk-yeol appears to have made the remarks after meeting with President Joe Biden at the Global Fund conference in New York on Wednesday.
In a video released by South Korean broadcaster MBC on its official YouTube channel on Thursday, Yoon can be seen walking across the stage after chatting with Biden and before turning to the aide to speak. .
“It would be embarrassing for Biden if lawmakers don’t approve this.” [bill]’” he appears to say.
The Global Fund, an international organization seeking to defeat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria across developing countries, Yoon’s remarks referred to Biden’s pledge to donate $6 billion, which requires congressional approval. And it seems.
This YouTube clip, which has not yet been deleted, has been viewed more than 4 million times and received tens of thousands of comments since it was uploaded.
While many social media users mock Yoon, the profanity used by Yoon has become a popular search term on South Korean online portal Naver.
It’s the latest in what critics say is a string of diplomatic missteps by Yoon, who arrived in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly after attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London.
While in London, Yoon’s opponents accused him of disrespect because he missed the chance to see the Queen’s coffin lying in the state.
Last month, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was criticized for not meeting him when he visited South Korea as part of a tour of Asia.
Following what appears to be his latest foreign policy blunder, Yun’s team has gone on the defensive.
A spokesperson for South Korea’s presidential office said at a background briefing with reporters that the remarks were “private comments” and that “it would be inappropriate to link private comments to diplomatic outcomes.”
The officials also said it was “disappointing” that Yoon was being criticized while following a “strict schedule for the national interest.”
South Korean Prime Minister Han Deok-soo, who returned to Seoul, addressed the issue at the National Assembly on Thursday, saying it was “unclear” what Yoon actually said.
Han said, “I don’t think we can draw a clear conclusion here about the circumstances in which he said those words, but it seems that no one has clearly heard what he said.”
His remarks also applied to members of the opposition Liberal Party who commented on the issue in parliament on Thursday.
They said, “Diplomatic turmoil has continued under the Yoon Seok-yeol administration, but this is due to the president’s repeated diplomatic incompetence.”