South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol Caught Swearing at US Politicians with Open Microphone | SBS News

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol got into trouble after derogatory remarks about the United States were caught on the spot.
Mr. Yoon, a political novice who took office on May 5, is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and chatted Wednesday with US President Joe Biden during a photo opportunity at the Global Fund where the president of the United States had just pledged $ 6 billion ($ 9 billion).

“How could Biden not lose the damn face if these assholes don’t approve him in Congress?” Mr. Yoon was caught telling aides about him in a video that went viral in South Korea.

A YouTube video of Yoon’s comments racked up over two million views within hours of being posted and became the number one trending topic on Twitter in South Korea on Thursday.
“The president’s words and actions are the national dignity of the country,” wrote a YouTube commentator.
Yoon’s crude comments appear to refer to Biden’s push to increase US funding to the Global Fund, which would require congressional approval.
The Global Fund focuses on fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The United States is South Korea’s key security ally, with Washington stationing some 27,000 troops in the country to help counter nuclear-armed North Korea.

Mr. Yoon, a former prosecutor, made what analysts describe as a series of unforced errors during his first months in office, which is typically a honeymoon period for new presidents in South Korea.
At one point, his approval rating dropped to 24%, although it has since risen to 32%.
His predecessor, Mr. Moon Jae-in, achieved an approval score of around 70% at the same stage of his tenure, as survey data showed, and Mr. Yoon has started working with 52% of the people interviewed thinking they were doing a good job.

The stark comments come just days after Mr. Yoon’s office was forced to defend its decision not to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin lying in the state, presumably due to “heavy traffic”.

In August, he was also criticized for a chaotic official response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to South Korea, where she landed after a controversial layover in Taiwan.
Mr. Yoon’s critics were quick to pick up on his latest alleged gaffe. Yoon’s “foul language that clouded the US Congress caused a serious diplomatic incident,” said Park Hong-keun, plan leader of the opposition Democratic Party.

Mr. Yoon’s office told AFP they have no comment on the incident.