Vice President Joe Biden made an embarrassing flub Tuesday while at a press conference with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, referring to Serbia as “Croatia.”
“This is not the first time we’ve met … I think we’ve become friends,” Biden said, according to InSerbia. “My visit today is much too short but I believe we’ve accomplished a great deal. The Prime Minister [of Serbia Vucic] and I have got to know each other over the past several years and I mean it sincerely, I along with President Obama respect the leadership you’ve shown in some very tough challenging moments, Mr Prime Minister, and your positive vision for the future of Croatia.”
Vucic added he expected U.S. support for peace in the region.
Biden’s presence in Serbia now is somewhat interesting, as in 1999, when he served as a U.S. senator, he was one of the most vocal advocates of NATO bombing Belgrade, apparently in order to stop ethnic cleansing of Albanians. During his trip, Biden offered condolences for the lives lost as a result of the bombing.
“The memories of the loss of the loved ones are still fresh,” Biden said. “I would like to add my condolences to the families of those whose lives were lost during the wars in the 1990s, including those whose lives were lost as the result of the NATO campaign.”
While the press conference was underway, about 300 nationalists showed up to protest the event and advocate in support of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
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