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South Korea President Caught on Hot Mic Insulting US Congress

  • Seoul has been trying to change US measure on electric cars
  • Yoon held brief talks with President Biden in New York
Yoon Suk Yeol at the Global Fund's Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York, US, on Sept. 21.

Yoon Suk Yeol at the Global Fund's Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York, US, on Sept. 21.

Photographer: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

South Korean leader Yoon Suk Yeol was overheard insulting American lawmakers, after briefly meeting President Joe Biden to discuss issues including US electric-vehicle subsidies that South Korea wants to change.

“What an embarrassment for Biden, if these idiots refuse to grant it in Congress,” video broadcast on South Korean television showed Yoon telling Foreign Minster Park Jin in New York. The comments were caught on a microphone as Yoon and Park were leaving a brief chat with Biden at a Global Fund event.