Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL) speaking at the House Foreign Affairs committee yesterday to State Department official Nisha Biswal and Commerce Department official Arun Kumar … MISTOOK the high ranking U.S. officials … for Indian government officials, from India, yeah.
In the video (below,) Rep. Curt Clawson can he heard giving a great speech, directed at who he thought were Indian officials on the always important issue of trade and how the direction of currency should flow both ways, there was just one little problem, they are not Indian officials, they’re U.S. officials, the man had no idea who he was talking to..
“I’m familiar with your country,” he told them, despite the chairman introducing them both as senior American officials. “I love your country. And I understand the complications of so many languages and so many cultures and so many histories all rolled up in one.” He added, as the two officials sat staring at him: “Anything I can do to make the relationship with India better, I’m willing and enthusiastic about doing so.”
When he asked the pair for cooperation from “your government,” an awkward pause ensued before Biswal took the mic and told the Republican: “I think your question is to the Indian government. And we certainly share your sentiments and we certainly will advocate that on behalf of the U.S. government.” source
Watch the dazed and confused Clawson walk his speech home like a cat walking on a mantel.