President Joe Biden joked that Indian-American people were taking over the United States during a call with a NASA team on Thursday.
Biden spoke about Indian-Americans as he talked with Dr. Swati Mohan, an Indian-American scientist who played a role in helping land a rover on Mars last week.
“It’s amazing. Indian of decent Americans are taking over the country,” Biden said. “You, my vice president, my speechwriter Vinay.”
Biden has a history of awkward statements on the growing population of Indian-Americans.
In 2006, Biden spoke about the rise of Indian immigrants in his state of Delaware.
“In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India,” he said. “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
During his call with the NASA team at the White House, Biden appeared to lose track of his instructions during the video call.
“Am I supposed to speak now?” he asked, looking confused to a member of his staff during the call.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory director Michael Watkins continued speaking as Biden looked around.
“Now am I supposed to speak? Or is Swati supposed to say something? I was told I was supposed to speak with Swati,” he said.