President Biden’s Latest Gaffe: “Cannibals Ate My Uncle”

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape expressed his disappointment and frustration Monday in response to President Biden’s recent remarks suggesting that his uncle was eaten by cannibals in the Oceanic nation during World War II. Marape stated that his country does not deserve to be labeled as such and emphasized that Papua New Guinea was unwillingly pulled into the global conflict in the 1940s.

Biden’s comments, made during a speech to a steelworkers union in Pittsburgh last week, referred to his uncle, 2nd Lt. Ambrose J. Finnegan Jr., who was allegedly eaten in Papua New Guinea after his plane was shot down. Marape called the remarks a possible “slip of the tongue” but stressed the strong reaction they have elicited from Papua New Guinea and other parts of the world.

Marape highlighted the lasting impact of World War II on his nation, noting that the remains of the conflict, including planes, ships, tunnels, and bombs, are scattered throughout the country. He urged the United States to take action in recovering as many remains as possible, including those of servicemen like Ambrose Finnegan who lost their lives in Papua New Guinea.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that Papua New Guinea citizens continue to live in fear of active bombs dating back to the war, emphasizing the ongoing challenges faced by the nation as a result of a conflict that was not of their making.

In response to the criticism, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended Biden’s comments, stating that the president was having an “emotional moment” while honoring his uncle’s service and sacrifice.

The controversy surrounding Biden’s remarks comes at a time when Papua New Guinea has emerged as a potential strategic ally amid tensions between the United States and China. The incident has the potential to strain relations between the two nations, as Marape calls for the United States to take responsibility for the lasting impact of World War II on his country.

As the international community watches the situation unfold, it remains to be seen how the White House will address Marape’s concerns and whether steps will be taken to recover the remains of American servicemen lost in Papua New Guinea during the war.

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