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President Yoon caught on hot mic calling US Congress ‘f***ers’ who could ‘humiliate’ Biden

South Korean President Yoon grabbed a hot microphone and called the US Congress ‘f***ers’ who could ‘humiliate’ Biden if they don’t pass the $6 billion in UN aid he promised after the meeting with the President at the UN

  • Yoon, who took office in May, made the comment after Biden pledged the additional funds at the United Nations General Assembly
  • He was apparently unaware that he was being caught on a live microphone
  • “How could Biden not lose damn face if these f***ers don’t do it in Congress?” he told Foreign Minister Park Jin
  • Yoon chatted with Biden and posed for a photo op at the gathering of world leaders in New York
  • The derogatory remarks went viral in Yoon’s home country

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was caught on a hot microphone calling US lawmakers ‘f***ers’ who could humiliate President Biden by failing to transfer the additional $6 billion in aid to the UN Global Fund that he promised.

Yoon, who took office in May, made the comment after Biden pledged the extra funds at the United Nations General Assembly, apparently unaware he was caught on a live microphone.

“How could Biden not lose damn face if these f***ers don’t do it in Congress?” he told Foreign Minister Park Jin on Wednesday, according to a translation by Agence France-Press.

The Washington Post put it a little differently: ‘It would be so humiliating for Biden if these morons don’t pass it in Congress.’ Moments before Yoon chatted with Biden and posed for a photo op at the gathering of world leaders in New York.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was caught on a hot microphone calling US federal lawmakers 'f***ers' who could humiliate President Biden by failing to transfer the additional $6 billion in aid to the UN Global Fund

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was caught on a hot microphone calling US federal lawmakers ‘f***ers’ who could humiliate President Biden by failing to transfer the additional $6 billion in aid to the UN Global Fund

1663885942 88 President Yoon caught on hot mic calling US Congress fers

1663885942 88 President Yoon caught on hot mic calling US Congress fers

“How could Biden not lose damn face if these f***ers don’t do it in Congress?” he told Foreign Minister Park Jin, according to a translation by Agence France-Press

Handing over an additional $6 billion to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria would require congressional approval.

The derogatory remarks went viral in Yoon’s home country – a YouTube clip of the comments had over two million views, and ‘f***ers’ became a no-no. 1 trending topic on Twitter in South Korea.

Critics tore into the Korean leader for insulting a key ally — Washington is stationing 27,000 troops in South Korea to help counter threats from North Korea.

Park Hong-keun, the leader of the opposition Democratic Party of South Korea, criticized Yoon’s “foul language that tarnishes the US Congress” as “a major diplomatic mishap”.

“He didn’t speak publicly on stage but in passing, and although I don’t know who recorded it and how, I actually think it should be verified,” a South Korean official told reporters afterward, according to Yonhap.

Yoon, who took office in May, made the comment after Biden pledged the extra funds at the United Nations General Assembly, apparently unaware that he was caught on a live microphone

Yoon, who took office in May, made the comment after Biden pledged the extra funds at the United Nations General Assembly, apparently unaware that he was caught on a live microphone

Yoon, who took office in May, made the comment after Biden pledged the extra funds at the United Nations General Assembly, apparently unaware that he was caught on a live microphone

“I think it is highly inappropriate to draw a link between private remarks and diplomatic results,” the official added, referring to criticism that Yoon had created a diplomatic disaster. “It is quite unfortunate that there is talk of a diplomatic disaster over something like this when he is doing everything to complete a demanding schedule in the national interest of the Republic of Korea.”

Yoon, a political novice, has had low approval ratings in his few months in office due to a series of missteps.

In August, he raised eyebrows when he failed to meet the Speaker of the US House, Nancy Pelosi, while she was in South Korea because he was on a “staycation”. Some argued that he deliberately avoided speaking out of fear of retaliation from Beijing.

As part of his fiscal year 2023 budget, Biden requested $2 billion for the Global Fund, the first part of a three-year, $6 billion pledge he made at the conference.