South Korean President Calls US Lawmakers ‘F**kers’;  Officials defend his crude statement

South Korean President Calls US Lawmakers ‘F**kers’; Officials defend his crude statement

South Korea's President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol attends a ceremony to break up his presidential election camp at the National Assembly Library in Seoul, South Korea, on March 10, 2022. Song Kyung-seok/ Pool via
South Korea’s President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol attends a ceremony to break up his presidential election camp at the National Assembly Library in Seoul, South Korea, on March 10, 2022. Song Kyung-seok/ Pool via
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KEY POINTS

  • South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol may have referred to US lawmakers as “f—ers” in an apparent hot-mic moment.
  • Yoon made the comments following a photo op with President Joe Biden in New York on Wednesday.
  • The incident went viral, with the word “f—ers” becoming the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter in South Korea on Thursday.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was caught on a microphone Wednesday using profanity to apparently refer to US lawmakers.

The incident occurred while Yoon was attending a New York conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria hosted by President Joe Biden, who reiterated that the US would pledge $6 billion to the organization. in your next funding cycle.

“How could Biden not lose face if these p—ers don’t pass him in Congress?” Yoon was caught telling assistants about him after a photo shoot at the event, the South China Morning Post reported.

Yoon used the Korean word “sekkideul,” which can be translated into English as “those bastards,” according to The Korea Times.

The Washington Post interpreted Yoon’s use of the word to mean “idiots.”

Yoon’s apparent hot mic moment went viral in South Korea, where he is battling record approval ratings since taking office in May.

A YouTube video of Yoon’s comments reportedly garnered over two million views hours after it was posted.

Also, “f—ers” became the number one trending topic on Twitter in South Korea on Thursday.

“The words and actions of the president are the national dignity of the country,” said a YouTube commenter.

South Korean lawmaker Park Hong-keun described Yoon’s apparent lapse as a “smear diplomatic accident that seriously tarnished national dignity.”

In response to the incident, an unnamed official from Yoon’s office told reporters in New York on Thursday that he did not recall the South Korean president’s comments as he was following the head of state from behind, according to a report by the Yonhap News Agency.

“He was not speaking publicly on stage, but in passing, and although I don’t know who recorded it and how, I actually think it should be verified,” the official was quoted as saying by the South Korean media.

“I think it is highly inappropriate to draw a link between private comments and diplomatic achievements. It is quite unfortunate that there is talk of a diplomatic disaster over something like that when he is doing everything he can to complete a demanding schedule in the national interest of the Republic.” from Korea,” he added.

US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol arrive for a state dinner at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, on May 21, 2022. Lee Jin-man/Pool via REUTERS
US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol arrive for a state dinner at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, on May 21, 2022. Lee Jin-man/Pool via REUTERS
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