Well, she’s done it again.
While giving a speech at the Korean Peninsula’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris made a rather significant mix up. Harris stressed America’s “strong alliance” with “the Republic of North Korea.”
Almost, Kamala —you had a 50-50 shot.
“It is an alliance that is strong and enduring,” she added, intending to refer to the Republic of Korea, which is South Korea’s official name.
The Veep continued her remarks without acknowledging the blunder.
“I cannot state enough that the commitment of the United States to the defense of the Republic of Korea is iron-clad, and that we will do everything in our power to ensure that it has meaning in every way that the words suggest,” Harris said.
From Fox News:
The heavily fortified DMZ, a buffer zone that separates North and South Korea, was Harris’ final stop on her diplomatic trip to Asia. The gesture of visiting the DMZ is designed to illustrate America’s “rock-solid commitment” to regional security, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Harris began her visit by stopping at the Camp Bonifas Dining Facility and thanking American service members. She used binoculars to observe the DMZ, which is roughly 160 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. The vice president then headed to Observation Post Ouellette to give her speech about her commitment to South Korea’s security.
Shortly before the DMZ visit, Harris met with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and praised the U.S.-South Korean alliance as a “linchpin of security and prosperity.” She and Yoon also discussed South Korea’s economic and technology partnerships with the United States earlier on Thursday, in addition to a gender equity roundtable.
More over at Fox News:
Oops…@vp Kamala Harris commends US alliance with 'Republic of North Korea' (which doesn't exist) in DMZ speech gaffehttps://t.co/BF4xCXYBnI
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 29, 2022