President Joe Biden needed his flashcards when he met face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their highly anticipated summit on Wednesday, June 16.
The meeting between the U.S. and Russian presidents, the first of its kind since 2018, took place at the Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Biden brought his flashcards into his meeting with Putin,” Newsmax host Benny Johnson wrote in a tweet, sharing an accompanying clip which showed the U.S. president reached down for a small stack of papers as his Russian counterpart was speaking.
“Telling,” Johnson wrote in another tweet, grabbing photos of Biden grasping the flashcards.
Johnson’s clip and photos were extracted and screenshot from C-SPAN.
The Sun also tweet a short clip showing the moment Biden was looking into the papers during the meeting.
Because the content of the flashcards remains unknown, social media users are reacting differently to the clips and photos of the U.S. president bringing the papers to the summit.
A user wrote, “President Biden is prepared. Nothing wrong with that.”
Some others echoed that comment, said, “Preparation. It’s a good thing,” or “Very good idea to keep the meeting on subject.”
But some others are expressing concerns about the U.S. side or poking fun at Biden, speculating the paper slips could hurt Biden by proving he could not remember details of the many topics they discussed.
“This is so embarrassing,” one commentator wrote.
“Biden loses America’s face,” another said.
“He doesn’t want to get in trouble,” a user said, likely referring to Biden’s cognitive ability.
And some others are praying for the United States.
“Pray for America, this day, above every other day,” one wrote.
“God help us,” another said.
The planners had set aside five hours in two separate meetings for Putin and Biden, but their summit ended almost two hours early. The two leaders arrived at the villa, had their photo op, went to their talks, hosted their press conferences and left.