South Korea’s president’s criticism of US lawmakers has gone viral on social media – after a hot mic picked him up using an expletive.
In a video posted by South Korean television broadcaster MBC on its official YouTube channel on Thursday, Yoon is seen walking on stage before speaking to his aides after speaking with Biden. can
“It would be very embarrassing for Biden if the people in the National Assembly don’t approve him. [bill]” he seems to say again.
The Global Fund is an international organization working to defeat HIV, TB and malaria in the developing world, and Yoon’s comments appear to be a reference to Biden’s pledge to give $6 billion, which Congress Approval will be required.
The YouTube clip – which has not yet been removed – has been viewed more than four million times since it was uploaded and received tens of thousands of comments.
Many social media users have taken to mocking Yoon, while the descriptor she used has become a popular search term on the South Korean online portal Naver.
It is just the latest in what critics say is a series of diplomatic missteps by Yun, who arrived in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly after attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London.
While in London, Yun’s opponents accused him of disrespect because he missed the opportunity to see the Queen’s coffin in state – which he blamed on heavy traffic.
Last month, he came under fire for failing to meet with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she visited South Korea as part of a tour of Asia.
After his latest foreign policy misfire, Yun’s team has gone on the defensive.
In a background briefing with reporters, a spokesman for South Korea’s presidential official said the comment was a “private comment” and that “it is inappropriate to link a private comment to a diplomatic outcome.”
The official also said that “it is sad” that Yun is being criticized with “a tight schedule for the benefit of the national interest”.
Back in Seoul, South Korean Prime Minister Han Deok-soo addressed the issue at a session of the National Assembly on Thursday, saying it was “unclear” what Yun actually said.
“I don’t think I can draw any clear conclusions here about the circumstances in which he uttered those words… but it seems that no one clearly heard the content,” Hahn said.
His comments were not lost on members of the opposition Liberal Party who commented on the matter in the National Assembly on Thursday.
He said that diplomatic disasters are happening again and again under the Yoon Suk-yul administration and the reason for this is the repeated diplomatic incompetence of the president.