The White House quietly removed a gaffe President Biden made during a Thursday news conference where he mixed the names of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and the former head of Pakistan’s military.
“And General Austin is — just met with Kayani and I’m waiting for the briefing on that,” said Biden.
The White House transcript of the briefing appeared to be changed from “Kayani” to “Ghani.”
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani left the Pakistani military in 2013. The New York Times reported that Kayani was accused of “double dealing and bad faith.”
Biden also questioned the legitimacy of Ghani’s presidency.
“He is the — the ‘leader,’ quote, in Afghanistan and Kabul. And there’s a U.N.-led process that’s beginning shortly on how to mechanically get people — how to end this war,” said Biden. This quote was not altered.
Ghani won a contested presidential election last year and was sworn into his second five-year term in March of last year.