Watch: Joe Biden mispronounces Rishi Sunak’s name again


President Joe Biden has again mispronounced Rishi Sunak’s name as he thanked the British Prime Minister for the UK’s support of Ukraine.

Mr Biden, who has acknowledged struggling with a stutter, called Mr Sunak “Sanuk” in an address at the White House on Wednesday.

The US president first mispronounced the Prime Minister’s surname – as well as adding a “d” to his first name – in October when he called to congratulate him on his “groundbreaking achievement” of becoming the first Asian premier of the UK.

The 80-year-old president has a history of verbal mistakes and malapropisms, including calling French President Emmanuel Macron “President Macrone”, though some put that down to the American intonation.

He has survived several gaffes with other politicians, having referred to his own Vice President Kamala Harris as both “first lady” and the “president.” At a White House event earlier in October 2022, he asked after congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who died two months earlier. 

Mr Biden has acknowledged his propensity to spoken mistakes, saying: “Every once in a while I make a mistake, not like, well, once a speech.”

He spoke earlier on Wednesday with Mr Sunak on the subject of the delivery of tanks to Ukraine.

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