US President Biden called and searched for Indiana congresswoman Jackie Walorski, apparently forgetting that she had died in a car crash in August.
During a conference on hunger on September 28 in Washington, US President Joe Biden, after thanking the organizers, asked: “Jackie are you here? Where is Jackie? “.
After receiving no response, Mr. Biden ignored this and made no further corrections.
Trump mentioned Indiana congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who died in August in a car accident. Ms. Walorski is one of four co-sponsors of the bill to approve the congressional budget to organize this conference.
After Walorski’s death, the White House released a statement saying the US President and his wife Jill were “deeply shocked and saddened” by the sudden accident.
Biden’s actions have drawn criticism from US congressmen. “What a terrible and shameful mistake,” Missouri Republican congressman Vicky Hartzler tweeted.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later explained that the President mentioned Ms. Walorski to “recognize her cause”. Jean-Pierre said Biden plans to invite the Walorski family to the White House on September 30 to sign the bill together.
“She’s on everyone’s mind,” the White House press secretary said.
The President of the United States has repeatedly said the wrong numbers or names of officials at major events. He is said to have forgotten the name of US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin when calling his subordinates “the guy in the vest over there”. The US president also mistakenly called his niece Natalie for son Beau Biden.
At 79 years old, Mr. Biden is the oldest president in US history. White House doctor Kevin O’Connor said late last year that the President was “well enough to successfully perform the duties of his office”.
Ngoc Anh (Theo Reuters)