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White House deletes post misidentifying Vietnamese president

The problematic post was deleted by its author.

September 13, 2023 11:04am

Updated: September 13, 2023 11:06am

The White House deleted a post featuring U.S. President Joe Biden thanking Vietnam President Vo Van Thuong, but featuring a photo of Biden with another leader, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

The problematic post was deleted by its author after it was made Monday on Biden's official presidential Twitter account on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

"President Võ Văn Thưởng, thank you for such a productive meeting. This partnership is about unleashing our peoples’ potential and, with it, a range of incredible possibilities," the post said, but it featured a photo of Biden shaking hands with Vuong, not Vo.

The post prompted online ridicule. 

"YIKES," Townhall contributor John Hasson wrote on X.

One user asked whether "the pressure of working for this disastrous administration is getting to" White House press secretary Karine Jean Pierre, causing the misidentification to occur.

"How could such a mistake be made??  What an embarrassment," another user said.

Biden had visited Vietnam to strengthen relations in Asia as China increasingly fights for global dominance.  

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