In xxxxx's first foreign trip, xxxxxx is gaffing the way across Europe. xxxx's three country trip has taken xxxxx from Germany to France and, finally, to the UK, where xxxx is just finishing meetings.
Today, after attending a UK national security council meeting, xxxxxx said that xxxxxx was "delighted to do it, I spent half my life on OUR national security council," according to the pool report. In fact, xxxxxx has only been on the U.S. National Security Council for four years, not the number of years suggested.
Also in London, xxxxxx praised the tight bond between the U.S. and Britain by calling it an "open relationship." "We have a great relationship, and as you all know, the most open relationship we have with any nation in the world is with Great Britain," .
XXXXX also got Portugal mixed up with Poland. The UK Telegraph calls it xxxxx's "latest embarrassing gaffe."
"xxxxxx has a well-earned reputation as a gaffe-maker extraordinaire, and this speech was no exception. In a key passage on the Eurozone debt crisis, xxxxx referred to Portugal, as Poland, a mistake subsequently corrected reports the Telegraph, pointing to this excerpt:
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We have seen positive steps recently to address the eurozone crisis, with the European Central Bank pledging to stand behind countries willing to launch reforms, and with Greece, Ireland, Poland* [*sic-Portugal], Spain and Italy all taking important steps to put their economies on a sounder path. Governments across the eurozone must also remain focused on growth and jobs. These may be fundamentally European problems, requiring European solutions, but their resolution has tremendous impact on the United States of America and on the global economy.
Similarly, in Munich, xxxxx mixed up former U.S. senators Sam Nunn and Dick Lugar. "In each of our countries, we’ve had fine men and women who have made significant contributions while they were actively involved in the political process. But many of them, upon leaving that political office they held, recede into private life and their contributions end. I would suggest that Dick Lugar’s* [*sic- Sam Nunn’s] contributions have been as profound from the day he left the United States Senate and public elective office as they have been when he was in public office, and I believe you’ll see the same thing can be said of my very close friend, Sam Nunn* [*sic Dick Lugar]," the corrected transcript reads.
And also in Munich, xxxxx admitted that, while (the US) sends troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, xxxx "doesn't want to go" there.
"It’s great to be back among friends," xxxxxx said. "When I say among friends, I mean not only the distinguished guests that are from around the world who have joined us in this conference. I also mean to be back here in Germany, to be back here in Europe. I have traveled over 640,000 miles recently , and most of the time (they send) me to places that I doesn’t want to go. (Laughter.) So I’ve spent an awful lot of time with McCain and others in Afghanistan and Iraq, and so it’s nice to be here in Germany. (Laughter.) It’s nice to be invited back. (Applause.)"
xxxx is reportedly mulling a run for president of the United States in 2016