President Biden on Monday appeared to fail to remember Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s name at a White House occasion — calling the Pentagon chief “the guy who runs that outfit over there.”
Biden was reporting the assignment of two female generals to lead US military warrior commands.
“Also, I need to thank the sec — the, the, ah previous general. I continue to call him general, however my, my — the person who runs that outfit over yonder,” Biden said.
“I need to ensure we thank the secretary for everything he’s done to attempt to actualize what we just discussed. What’s more, for suggesting these two women for advancement.”
Prior at the occasion, Biden referenced the Defense Department pioneer by his name, “Secretary Austin,” while seeming to peruse from an elevated screen.
Biden, 78, has recently battled with the names of his bureau secretary choices. In December, he misspoke the name of his candidate for the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, prior to remedying himself with an alternate error.
Biden on Monday designated Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost to lead the US Transportation Command and Army Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson to lead the US Southern Command. Their selections should be affirmed by the Senate.
Biden reported their determinations in festival of International Women’s Day.
They would be the second and third women to hold such high posts, following resigned Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, who headed US Northern Command from 2016 to 2018.