The White House quietly corrected a gaffe President Biden made during his Thursday news conference in which he appeared to mix up the names of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and the controversial former head of Pakistan’s military.
“And General Austin is — just met with Kayani and I’m waiting for the briefing on that,” Biden said Thursday.
But the official White House transcript of the briefing now says “Ghani” instead of Kayani.
Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani departed the Pakistan military in 2013. In a retrospective on Kayani’s leadership, The New York Times reported that Kayani was often accused of “double-dealing and bad faith.”