Joe Biden Confusion ensued as he ended a speech to gun safety advocates by saying “God save the Queen, man”.
The President used the phrase as he concluded his speech at the National Safe Communities Summit in West Hartford, Connecticut,
Mr. Biden told the crowd that a storm was brewing in the area and that he would not be able to shake hands with all the attendees. But he promised to take photographs with each section of the audience.
“I will stand in front of each section – no, I really mean this – if you can see the camera they can see you. This is the least consequential part of this entire meeting for you, I promise,” They said.
It was then that he signed off with his line regarding the Queen, who died at Balmoral last September aged 96 and was succeeded by King Charles III.
Critics of the 80-year-old president jumped on the phrase and “God Save the Queen” was soon trending on Twitter.
But other Twitter users pointed out that Mr Biden has used the phrase before ending his speeches.
The White House press office clarified Mr Biden’s remarks in an email, saying: “He could not complete the ropeline due to the weather, and was commenting to someone in the crowd.”