South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s profanity-laced hot mic criticism of U.S. goes viral

Seoul — Already battling record-low approval scores, South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol has landed in bother once more after his disparaging remarks about key ally the United States had been caught on a hot mic.

Yoon, a political novice who took office in May, is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, and chatted on Wednesday with Joe Biden throughout a photograph op on the Global Fund the place the U.S. president had simply pledged $6 billion.

“How could Biden not lose damn face if these f****rs do not pass it in Congress?” Yoon was caught saying to his aides afterwards in video that went viral in South Korea.

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From left, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, President Joe Biden, Connie Mudenda (RED) ambassador and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol pose for photographs through the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference, September 21, 2022, in New York.

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A YouTube video of Yoon’s feedback racked up over two million views simply hours after it was posted, and “f****rs” turned the primary trending matter on Twitter in South Korea on Thursday.

“The president’s words and actions are the national dignity of the country,” one YouTube commenter wrote.

Yoon’s crude feedback seem to confer with Mr. Biden’s drive to extend U.S. funding to the Global Fund, which might require congressional approval. The fund is a world well being care initiative based greater than 20 years in the past to battle HIV and tuberculosis all over the world, however which now works to make sure entry to well being look after individuals throughout the creating world.

The United States is South Korea’s key safety ally, with Washington stationing about 27,000 troops within the nation to assist counter nuclear-armed North Korea.

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Yoon, a former prosecutor, has made what analysts describe as a string of unforced errors throughout his first months in office, which is usually a honeymoon interval for brand spanking new presidents in South Korea.

At one level, his approval score dropped to 24 p.c, though it has since inched as much as 32 p.c.

His predecessor, Moon Jae-in, loved approval scores of about 70% on the identical stage in his time period, polling information confirmed, and Yoon began work with 52% of individuals polled pondering he was doing a superb job.

The hot mic feedback come simply days after Yoon’s office was pressured to defend his determination to skip paying respects to Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin mendacity in state, allegedly resulting from “heavy traffic”.

In August, he was additionally criticized for a chaotic official response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s go to to South Korea, the place she landed after a contentious cease in Taiwan.

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Yoon’s critics had been swift to grab on his newest alleged gaffe.

Yoon’s “foul language tarnishing the U.S. Congress caused a major diplomatic mishap,” mentioned Park Hong-keun, ground chief of the opposition Democratic Party.

Yoon’s office advised AFP it had no touch upon the incident.

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