South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s profanity and hot-mic criticism of the United States is going viral

Seoul – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, already struggling with record low approval ratings, has found himself in trouble again after his disparaging remarks about key ally the United States caught fire.

Yoon, a political novice who took office in May, is in New York United Nations General Assemblyand chatted with Joe Biden on Wednesday during a photo op at the Global Fund, where the US president had just pledged $6 billion.

“How can Biden not lose face if these bastards don’t pass it in Congress?” Yoon was later caught telling his aides in a video that went viral in South Korea.

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From left, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, President Joe Biden, Ambassador Connie Mudenda (RED) and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol pose for photos at the Global Fund’s Seventh Complementary Conference on September 21, 2022 in New York.

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A YouTube video of Yoon’s comments garnered more than two million views just hours after it was posted, and “f****rs” became a trending topic on Twitter in South Korea on Thursday.

“The president’s words and actions are the national dignity of the country,” wrote one YouTube commenter.

Yoon’s blunt comments appear to indicate Biden’s desire to increase U.S. funding for the global fund, which would require congressional approval. The Foundation is a global health initiative that was founded more than two decades ago to fight HIV and tuberculosis worldwide, but now works to ensure people have access to health care throughout the developing world.

The US is South Korea’s main security ally, with Washington stationing around 27,000 troops in the country. to help fight a nuclear North Korea.

US and South Korean forces are rehearsing a response to a North Korean attack


Yoon, a former prosecutor, has made what analysts describe as unforced errors in his first months in office, which are typically honeymoon periods for new South Korean presidents.

At one point, his approval rating dipped to 24 percent, though it has since risen to 32 percent.

His predecessor, Moon Jae-in, had an approval rating of around 70% at the same stage of his term, and Yoon took office with 52% of those polled saying he was doing a good job.

The heated microphone comments come just days after Yoon’s office was forced to defend his decision not to pay tribute. Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin lies in stateallegedly due to “heavy traffic”.

In August, he was also criticized for his chaotic official response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to South Korea, where he landed after a controversial stop in Taiwan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leaving Taiwan


Yoon’s critics were quick to pounce on his latest alleged prank.

Yoon’s “smearing of the US Congress caused a major diplomatic mishap,” said Park Hong-keun, leader of the opposition Democratic Party.

Yoon’s office told AFP it had no comment on the incident.