Happens to The Best of Us: Australian PM Morrison Plays Down Joe Biden 'Forgetting' His Name
"Thank you Boris, and I want to thank...", at this moment the 78-year-old paused then turned and pointed to the screen showing the Australian prime minister and said: "That fella Down Under... Thank you very much pal... Appreciate it Mr Prime Minister".
"I can't believe this has to be said, but a president forgets the name of Australia's prime minister!", wrote one user.
However, Scott Morrison has downplayed the issue. "It happens to the best of us", the PM told reporters. When asked if Joe Biden apologised to him after the press conference Morrison said the following.
"He actually does refer to me privately when we speak as pal, it's a phrase that he uses a fair bit, I suppose that's mate in similar ways".
During Wednesday's press conference the leaders of the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States unveiled a new security pact AUKUS (named after the member nations) aimed at sharing defence technologies as well as strengthening cooperation in artificial intelligence, cyber security, and quantum technologies.