President Joe Biden is in the center of controversy again, following an unusual incident that occurred during his visit to Helsinki. The president appeared to nibble on the shoulder of a young girl during his farewell event at Helsinki-Vantaan International Airport, a peculiar conduct which has drawn backlash on social media.
The interaction took place as Biden was bidding farewell to embassy staff and their families before boarding Air Force One. A video of the incident shows the President leaning towards the girl and placing his mouth on her shoulder. The child, visibly uncomfortable and scared, later turned away when Biden attempted to give her a peck on the head.
The footage spread quickly across various social media platforms, where users sharply criticized the President's conduct. Caleb Hull, a conservative operative, called it Biden's "creepiest moment yet with a child," while Republican operative Greg Price quipped that Biden was "now confusing babies with ice cream cones."
Donald Trump Jr., responding to the video on Twitter, controversially stated, "Biden should be in a nursing home, not leading the free world." Political comedian Tim Young took to Twitter to express his repulsion, writing, "Biden is creepy AF. Why would anyone put their mouth on another person's child like this? This is peak, disgusting pedo behavior."
The unusual behavior occurred as the president concluded his five-day European tour, which included a summit in Lithuania to garner support for Ukraine amid its ongoing conflict with Russia, and to highlight Finland's NATO membership.
However, the incident was not the only thing that marred Biden's trip. During his speech at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, Biden referred to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as "Vladimir," an apparent confusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He later referred to Ukraine as Russia in a subsequent event following the summit, further compounding the series of speaking gaffes.
Despite these missteps, the White House has not yet commented on the incidents, leaving the public to ponder on the unusual actions and errors of President Biden during this crucial diplomatic trip.