In a press conference Thursday night on the heels of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s decision not to press charges against Biden for his classified document malfeasance — citing the president’s “poor memory” and apparent lack of “a mental state of willfulness” — Biden showed off his mental decline by confusing the “president of Mexico” with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi when talking about the situation in Gaza.
Biden initially walked away from the podium after his prepared remarks and a few questions. But after a long pause to stare at reporters as they shouted more queries, Biden slowly shuffled back to the lectern to answer a question about negotiations to rescue hostages taken from Israel by Hamas terrorists.
“The hostage negotiations? Look,” Biden said, before opting to criticize America’s Israeli allies instead of answering what he’s doing to help bring hostages home. “I’m of the view that the conduct of the response in Gaza, in the Gaza Strip, has been over the top,” he muttered.
“I think that uh, as you know, initially the president of Mexico, El-Sisi, did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in,” the president continued. “I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate. I talked to Bibi to open the gate on the Israeli side. I’ve been pushing really hard, really hard to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza.”
The president of Mexico is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, not El-Sisi. Mexico is involved in an open-border situation that should be top of mind for Biden, but it’s not the one in Israel.
“I was also in a position that I’m the guy that made the case that we have to do much more to increase the amount of material going in, including fuel, including other items,” Biden rambled. “I’ve been on the phone with the Quataris, I’ve been on the phone with the Egyptians, I’ve been on the phone with the Saudis, to get as much aid as we possibly can into Gaza.”