President Biden thanked his Vietnamese counterpart on Monday in a since-deleted tweet that wrongly showed the leader of the country’s national assembly.
“President Vo Van Thuong, thank you for a very productive meeting. “This partnership is about unlocking the potential of our people and, with it, a range of incredible possibilities,” reads the 80-year-old president’s post on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
The image in the post, however, was not of the president meeting Thuong, but of Biden greeting Vietnam’s National Assembly Speaker Vuong Dinh Hue.
Both men wear glasses and have black hair parted on the same side.
The tweet, which came from Biden’s official @POTUS account, was later deleted and has not been replaced as of Monday evening.
“Ouch,” writer John Hasson said in a tweet after spotting the error.
President of the National Assembly of Vietnam Vuong Dinh Hue shakes hands with US President Joe Biden during a meeting at the National Assembly in Hanoi on September 11, 2023. AFP via Getty Images
“THE SMARTEST PEOPLE IN THE ROOM,” National Review contributor Pradheep Shanker sarcastically noted in a tweet.
Biden met with both politicians in Hanoi on Monday during his visit to the socialist republic.
His meeting and lunch with Thuong took place at the presidential palace, where the two leaders discussed issues of cooperation, business, economic ties and Vietnam’s aspirations to become a high-income country, according to a joint White House report.
Biden deletes a tweet thanking the Vietnamese president with a photo of the wrong leader.
Biden later met with Hue at the National Assembly and the two similarly discussed the bilateral relationship between the United States and Vietnam, future opportunities for cooperation, and issues of the legacy of the Vietnam War.
The social media blunder is not the first time White House staff have had to scramble to remove erroneous or errant tweets.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was mocked last month for posting a tweet suggesting she once ran for president of the United States.
President Joe Biden toasts with Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong during a state lunch at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on September 11, 2023. POOL/AFP via Getty Images
“Investing in the United States means investing in ALL of the United States,” said Jean-Pierre’s now-deleted post on X. “When I ran for president, I made a promise that I would not leave any part of the country behind.”
The White House also infamously deleted a tweet last November that credited the Biden administration for an increase in retirees’ Social Security checks after users fact-checked the claim and pointed out that the increase was tied to an adjustment of the cost of living based on dizzying level. of inflation.
The president’s stop in Vietnam, intended to shore up relations with leaders of a country widely seen as a strategically important Asia-Pacific ally, came after a two-day stop in India for the G-20 summit.
Biden joked that he was ready for a nap during a press conference in Vietnam on Sunday.
“I’ll tell you what, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to bed,” Biden said in response to a question about why he hasn’t spoken to Chinese leader Xi Jinping.