Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson had a somewhat embarrassing moment during a recent interview. Johnson, who is the former Republican of Governor New Mexico, appeared to get stumped when asked a simple question about his foreign policy vis-à-vis the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.
“What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?” asked MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle.
“And what is Aleppo?” said a bemused Johnson.
“You’re kidding,” Barnicle responded. “Aleppo is in Syria. It’s the epicenter of the refugee crisis.”
Johnson, whose hopes for joining Trump and Clinton on the debate stage were recently dashed by low poll numbers, probably didn’t do himself too many favors with that answer.
Take a look at the video above.
UPDATE: Governor Johnson has issued the below statement.
This morning, I began my day by setting aside any doubt that I’m human. Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict — I talk about them every day. But hit with “What about Aleppo?”, I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign.
Can I name every city in Syria? No. Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes. Do I understand its significance? Yes.
As Governor, there were many things I didn’t know off the top of my head. But I succeeded by surrounding myself with the right people, getting to the bottom of important issues, and making principled decisions. It worked. That is what a President must do.
That would begin, clearly, with daily security briefings that, to me, will be fundamental to the job of being President.
WATCH: Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson asks Mike Barnicle, "What is Aleppo?" https://t.co/BcG5hufHYf
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 8, 2016