US President Joe Biden made a mistake in his welcome speech during speeches to the US military in the UK. The reservation was perceived by the British media as an insult.
In his speech, the American leader mentioned the British Royal Air Force, which in English is designated by the abbreviation RAF. Biden swapped the letters and pronounced RFA.
In the transcript of the speech, published on the official website of the White House, the president's reservation is crossed out, and the correct version is written in parentheses.
Biden's uttered three letters may indicate an obscene English expression, depending on the context.
In April, Biden was unable to pronounce the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time during a speech on relations between the two countries. The American leader spoke up and said something unintelligible, like вЂњ President Gluten.вЂќ Biden then immediately corrected himself.