Seoul — South Korea's president has denied insulting key security ally the United States, claiming to have been mistranslated, prompting further domestic incredulity on Friday. Yoon Suk Yeol was overheard on a hot mic and seen on camera seemingly insulting U.S. lawmakers after briefly meeting with President Joe Biden at the Global Fund in New York.
"How could Biden not lose damn face if these f****rs do not pass it in Congress?" he appeared to be saying about Mr. Biden's drive to increase the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund, which would require congressional approval.
The video quickly went viral in South Korea, with a YouTube video racking up five million views in less than a day and the Korean expletive Yoon purportedly used trending on Twitter.