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Joe Biden appears to forget Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s name before calling him ‘the guy who runs that outfit over there’ in latest gaffe

by A.P.

Joe Biden seemed to forget the defense secretary’s name and even his job title

Joe Biden seemed to forget the defense secretary’s name and even his job title in a speech yesterday – calling Lloyd Austin the ‘guy who runs that outfit over there.’

The president was announcing two women were to be promoted to elite, four-star general commands at a ceremony at the White House on International Women’s Day.

‘I want to thank Sec-, the former general, I keep calling him “General.” My – the guy who runs that outfit over there,’ Biden said, before quickly adding, ‘I want to make sure we thank the secretary for all he’s done.’

The 78-year-old self-confessed ‘gaffe machine’ has made verbal fumbles a hallmark of his career but there is growing disquiet over why Biden still hasn’t held a press conference – no president in the last century has gone this long without taking questions from reporters.

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