John Kerry goes viral after saying Biden ‘literally hadn’t been aware’ of what led to the US-French dust
White House climate envoy John Kerry went viral Tuesday after he said on French television that President Biden was unaware of the feud between the United States and France as it is was triggered last month.
During a monday maintenance with BFMTV, Kerry tried to ease the international dust after France expressed it was blinded by the trilateral Biden administration agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia on the exchange of underwater technology to such an extent that it prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to briefly withdraw his Ambassador to the United States from the country.
“[Biden] my request. He said, “What’s the situation? And I explained that he didn’t know about it. He literally hadn’t been aware of what had happened, ”Kerry said towards the end of the interview. “And I don’t want to go into detail, but suffice to say that the president, my president is very determined to strengthen the relationship and make sure this is a small event from the past and move on. to a much bigger future. “
“@ClimateEnvoy John Kerry says @POTUS is not being consulted on reactions from key US allies,” responded Senator Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., Responded. “This could explain the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and Administrator Biden selling Eastern European allies to NATO and Ukraine while waiving sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.”
“What else does Joe Biden not know ??” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., Asked.
BIDEN IS NOT “AWARE OF WHAT HAPPENED” IN AUKUS SUBMARINE AGREEMENT: KERRY
“If Joe Biden was not aware that France had recalled its ambassador, what else does he not know?” Federalist political editor John Daniel Davidson also wondered.
“John Kerry is not doing the president any favors here…” tweeted Fox News contributor Joe Concha.
The interview with the French outlet came just weeks after a US-UK deal with Australia, dubbed AUKUS, canceled a $ 40 billion submarine contract in 2016 between France and the Australian government.
The deal with France would have provided Australia with conventional submarines, while the new deal will grant the Indo-Pacific nation highly sensitive nuclear submarine technology.
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But the AUKUS deal has tarnished US ties with the EU country, and the French foreign minister called the move a “stab in the back.”
A senior EU official appointed by French President Emanuel Macron further suggested last month that it was time to “pause and reset our EU-US relations”.
While Kerry told the French media outlet that he understood France’s anger, he also suggested that the United States’ ties with France were more important than a geopolitical feud.
“We have a relationship with France that is so much bigger than this moment of what happened in regards to a lack of communication,” he said. Adding that there is an “understanding that we have so much to work on”.
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“Our commitment… to our ability to work together is much, much stronger at any of these differences over the past few days,” he continued. “President Biden is looking forward to meeting President Macron and I am absolutely convinced that the biggest issues we need to work on, relating to nuclear weapons, cyber warfare, the climate … we have a lot of work to do and we cannot get lost in a momentary event that I think we will overcome very quickly. “
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.