Joe Biden collides with flagpole and leaves stage without Brazilian president in gaffe filled incident

Joe Biden during his meeting with Brazil's President

Joe Biden during his meeting with Brazil's President

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Jack Walters

By Jack Walters


Published: 20/09/2023

- 22:38

Updated: 21/09/2023

- 10:29

The 46th President joined Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to talk about workers' rights

Joe Biden has made yet another blunder after colliding with a flagpole before leaving the stage without his Brazilian counterpart.

The American President, 80, met with Brazilian leader Lula, 77, in New York to discuss workers' rights.


However, the meeting got off to a poor start as Biden knocked a flagpole carrying the Brazilian flag.

The Commander-in-Chief appeared to have a spring in his step as he approached the lectern.

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During their joint appearance, Biden struggled to figure out how to work his earpiece for Lula’s translations from Portuguese.

It seemingly took the 46th President just under a minute to resolve the issue.

Lula joined Biden seconds later, with the US President thanking attendees for applauding the pair.

The event concluded with Biden snubbing a handshake from Lula.

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Biden was seemingly confused about whether to salute the audience or give a thumbs up.

The Brazilian leader appeared frustrated as he gestured to exit the stage as Biden turned and started to head off before shaking hands.

However, the pair also discussed serious issues impacting Brasilia and Washington.

“The two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere are standing up for human rights around the world and the hemisphere, and that includes workers' rights,” Biden told Lula.

US President Joe Biden greets Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a meeting on the sidelines of the 78th U.N. General Assembly in New York City

US President Joe Biden greets Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a meeting on the sidelines of the 78th U.N. General Assembly in New York City

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The Brazilian President said: “It's more than just another bilateral.

“It's a faith relationship that we are building here and a new era for US-Brazilian relations amongst equal partners.”

He added: “There’s no democracy without strong trade unions.”

Biden was in New York as world leaders descended on the Big Apple for the UN General Assembly.

US President Joe Biden addresses the 78th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City

US President Joe Biden addresses the 78th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City

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Biden’s 26-minute speech was flooded with many of the mishaps he has become increasingly known for.

He said: “We stand ready to work together with China on issues where progress hinges on our common efforts.”

Biden added: “Nowhere is that more critical than accelerating the climate crisis.”

In an attempt to correct himself, America’s 46th Commander-in-Chief said: “Than the accelerating climate crisis.”

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