Scott Morrison laughs off ‘that fellow Down Under’ slip from US President

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has this morning laughed off the US President appearing to forget his name during the announcement of an historic military pact.

Social media users suggested the stumble came about because Mr Biden forgot Mr Morrison’s name. Watch the video above and judge for yourself.

US President Joe Biden appeared to forget Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s name at the announcement of the AUKUS agreement. (9News)

But speaking about the apparent gaffe on Today this morning, Mr Morrison said he “didn’t pay much attention to it”.

“I mean these things happen,” Mr Morrison said.

“They happen frequently, from time to time you know – I’ve been known to let the odd name slip my memory, that’s pretty normal in our line of work I have to be honest.”

The Prime Minister said he didn’t take offence to Mr Biden’s slip.

“We’ve got a great working relationship (and) the proof of that is in the pudding,” he said.

“A few months ago people gave me a whack about the relationship, the three of us met together, it goes to show there are lots of people always prepared to have a whack.

“They don’t always know what is going on.”

Mr Biden’s statement followed Mr Morrison’s and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s yesterday.

“Thank you Boris,” Mr Biden began.

“And I want to thank – that fellow Down Under. Thank you, Mr Prime Minister. Appreciate it, pal.”

Mr Biden went on to laud the strength and importance of the long-standing alliance between the three countries, and towards the end of his remarks did refer to “Mr Morrison” by name.

Mr Morrison’s predecessor in office, Malcolm Turnbull, had his name mangled by the White House, in his case by the administration of Mr Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.
Then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer during the daily White House press briefing on March 24, 2017. Photo: AAP
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer referred to former PM Malcolm Turnbull as “Trunbull”.

Mr Turnbull’s first phone call with Mr Trump in 2017 was a tense affair, with the new US President lashing Mr Turnbull over a refugee resettlement deal brokered with previous US commander-in-chief Barack Obama.

At a later press conference after the content of the call was revealed, White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly referred to Mr Turnbull as “Trunbull” and “Trumbull”.

Even Queen Elizabeth II has not been spared, with then-President George W Bush in 2007 infamously misspeaking that she had attended the US bicentennial in “1776” – inadvertently adding 200 years to the age of both the US, and the Queen.

“She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child,” Mr Bush said after realising his gaffe.

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