During a speech in Las Vegas, US President Joe Biden made a verbal error while discussing his administration's infrastructure spending. This error led to the unusual claim of a spending figure of 'over a billion three-hundred million trillion three-hundred million dollars.'
White House Attempts to Correct the Error
The statement was intended to contrast President Biden's infrastructure achievements with the lack of such initiatives under former President Donald Trump. The actual spending figure typically associated with the Biden administration's infrastructure bill is $1.2 trillion. The White House press office later released a transcript that attempted to correct the mistake by listing the numbers numerically. The White House expressed the numbers as 'over 1,300,000,000 - $1,000,300,000,000', suggesting Biden simply missed some zeros rather than creating a new form of mathematical expression.
Concerns Around President's Mental Sharpness
This incident adds to a series of gaffes by President Biden, raising concerns among some voters about his mental sharpness at the age of 81. The speech also included a repetition of a previously debunked anecdote about an Amtrak conductor, which Biden has recounted multiple times since taking office.
Actual Infrastructure Spending
The actual planned infrastructure investment includes a hefty $3 billion for a groundbreaking high-speed electric train route meant to connect Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. This was part of the over $8 billion in railroad investments that were touted by the President during the speech.