It has been suggested, with good reason, that President Joe Biden remains mostly in a clueless state as far as his role as the president, with many others likely making the calls and using the president as a tool for the press and the Democratic Party.
That seemed to be evidenced, again, in a big way recently as, according to the Daily Mail, Climate envoy John Kerry made a stunning admission to French media in which he claimed that Biden had no idea that America’s new security deal with UK and Australia, which cost France a $90 billion submarine contract, upset France.
“He literally had not been aware of what had transpired,” Kerry admitted to a French television station.
“President Biden asked me about it, and I told him,” Kerry explained. The French TV reporter replied by stating: ‘You told Joe Biden that it was not the right …”
“He asked me. He said, ‘What’s the situation?’ And I explained exactly. He had not been aware of that,” Kerry said, essentially admitting to the entire world that the U.S. president was completely unaware of a monumental deal that would ultimately have a potentially devastating effect on U.S.–France relations.
The interview, which was aired Monday in both English and French, came at roughly the same time that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was sent to schmooze French President Emmanuel Macron in an attempt to smooth relations after the shocking development that cost his country a lucrative military deal.
French officials reportedly felt betrayed by the U.S. government, a longstanding, close ally, after the U.S. signed the AUKUS security pact between the United States, Australia, and Britain, which disrupted the French nuclear submarine deal.
A spokeswoman for Kerry quickly attempted to walk back Kerry’s admission, though the clarification was weak, at best.
“Secretary Kerry was clearly referring to French sentiment. He has consistently reiterated in both public and private that U.S.-French cooperation is essential to confronting the climate crisis,” the spokeswoman said.