Seoul — Already battling record-low approval ratings, South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol has landed in trouble again after his disparaging remarks about key ally the United States were 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 during a photo op at the Global Fund where the U. S. president had just 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.
A YouTube video of Yoon's comments racked up over two million views just hours after it was posted, and "f****rs" became the number one trending topic 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 comments appear to refer to Mr. Biden's drive to increase U. S. funding to the Global Fund, which would require congressional approval. The fund is a global health care initiative founded more than two decades ago to battle HIV and tuberculosis around the world, but which now works to ensure access to health care for people across the developing world.
The United States is South Korea's key security ally, with Washington stationing about 27,000 troops in the country to help counter nuclear-armed North Korea.... (Read more)
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