Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson failed to mention any foreign leader when asked to do so during a televised interview on Wednesday night.
The town hall styled interview hosted by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews saw the former New Mexico Governor blurt out ”I am having an Aleppo moment” to save face.
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Chris Matthews posed the question: ”who’s your favorite foreign leader?” to the presidential candidate and his running mate, William Weld, a former Governor of Massachusetts.
Johnson was flustered as he looked puzzled and exhaled hard before Weld interjected saying ”Mine was Shimon Peres,” the recently passed away former Israeli President and Prime Minister.
Host Chris Matthews continued to press Johnson telling him ”You gotta do this. Anywhere. Any continent. Canada, Mexico, Europe over there, Asia, South America, Africa – name a foreign leader that you respect.”
Johnson replied ”I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” before quickly responding ”the former president of Mexico.”
The ”Aleppo moment” in referred to a previous interview in which Mr Johnson was asked how he planned to deal with the ongoing crisis in the Syrian city of Aleppo. He answered ”What is Aleppo?”
Presidential candidate Gary Johnson however had a difficult time naming which former president of Mexico he meant.
Mr Weld then rescued the situation reminding him the name of Vicente Fox.
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Chris Matthews having given up on the White House hopeful asked his running mate, Mr. Weld, to name his own favorite foreign leader to conclude the embarrassing exchange.
Mr. Weld answered Merkel referring to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, to which Mr Matthews responded ”cant argue with that” as the crowd applauded.
Gary Johnson’s foreign policy seems very questionable due to his lack of knowledge of issues going on outside the United States. With the US serving as the police of the world, it is hard to imagine the Libertarian candidate will sway voters to get him to the oval office.