'Always': Scott Morrison responds to Biden's awkward 'brain fart'

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has responded to suggestions US President Joe Biden forgot his name during the groundbreaking announcement of a new defence pact between Australia, the US and the UK.

During his address on Thursday morning, President Joe Biden appeared to stumble when addressing Mr Morrison.

"And I want to thank that fellow down under! Thank you very much, pal! Appreciate it, Mr Prime Minister!" he said.

People were quick to react to the awkward moment on Twitter, with some people referring to it as a "brain fart".

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, US.
US President Joe Biden seemingly forgot Prime Minister Scott Morrison's name. Source: Getty Images

Others speculated it was in fact deliberate and an indication Mr Morrison was not yet in Mr Biden's good books following his government's inaction on climate change.

Mr Morrison was asked about the incident during an interview on Sunrise on Friday.

“It was an interesting moment in the media conference,” he told the morning program.

“But he always usually, when we speak privately, he refers to me as his pal, so there you go.”

Thursday was an interesting day for Australia’s politicians to say the least.

Australia’s defence minister Peter Dutton was filmed in an awkward moment with South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook in Seoul with the clip emerging on Thursday.

A clip of the moment between Mr Dutton and Minister Suh became a talking point on Thursday after it was shared to social media, showing Mr Dutton's confusion over an elbow bump.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pictured.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison laughed off suggestions the US President forgot his name. Source: Sunrise

The elbow bump has replaced the handshake amid the pandemic, and is something the PM has been very keen on.

However, it appears Mr Dutton wasn't sure what to do when Minister Suh raised his fist to offer up his elbow in front of the camera.

The Australian minister went to raise his fist to make some sort of pose, before Minister Suh corrects the error.

Mr Dutton then tries to give Minister Suh a fist bump, before Minister Suh takes his forearm and guides him into an elbow bump to pose for the cameras.

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