Joe Biden avoided using Defense Secretary Llyod Austin’s name during an event at the White House. The apparent gaffe left many on social media wondering if Biden had suffered a memory lapse.
The president was announcing the nomination of two female generals assigned to lead US military commands when he suddenly lost his train of thought.
“I want to thank the former general. I keep calling him general, but my – the guy who runs that outfit over there,” Biden said, presumably referring to Austin and the Pentagon. He then thanked “the secretary” for recommending the two women for the command posts.