Gary Johnson, former New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party presidential nominee, let slip his astonishing lack of foreign policy knowledge when, on Thursday, he was asked how he would address the refugee crisis in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.
“What is Aleppo?” asked Johnson.
When pressed as to whether he was serious, Johnson indicated that he really was not aware of the city, which has been widely covered during the years that Syria has been engulfed in civil war. After Mike Barnicle explained that Aleppo was the center of Syria’s refugee crisis, Johnson grappled to recover.
“OK, got it,” he said, explaining that he thinks that the United States must partner with Russia to diplomatically improve the situation there. “With regard to Syria, I do think that it’s a mess.”
As late as June 2016, Johnson told USA Today that he was abstaining from smoking pot while he runs for the White House. During the interview he said it had been about seven weeks since last sparked a doobie. “I want to be completely on top of my game, all cylinders,” he
Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson's global gaffe https://t.co/lpjRb9jGTc #WhatIsAleppo https://t.co/x5wg7j7jMc— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 8, 2016
#GaryJohnson was asked today if he's heard from his running mate #BillWeld in light if his #WhatIsAleppo gaffe. He asked who's Bill Weld?— Joe Armendariz (@JoeArmendariz) September 8, 2016
Isn't Aleppo a strain of weed? pic.twitter.com/8d7t4Wz8nb— Nathan Leamer (@nathan_leamer) September 8, 2016
@MittRomney You sure about that? Gary clearly took a hit from his bong this AM despite having said he'd abstain while running for presidency— PoliticalClownParade (@Carry_That_Load) September 8, 2016.
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"When you absolutely positively have to get to Aleppo overnight"