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Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

Republican lawmaker apologizes for mistaking US officials as Indian at congressional hearing

Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A freshman Republican lawmaker has apologized for mistaking two senior U.S. government officials as Indian when they testified at a congressional hearing.

Rep. Curt Clawson caused puzzlement at a hearing of a House subcommittee hearing Thursday on U.S.-India relations. He referred to the South Asian nation as "your country" when he addressed the State Department and Commerce Department officials, who are both ethnic Indian.

Clawson said in a statement Monday: "I made a mistake in speaking before being fully briefed and I apologize. I'm a quick study but in this case I shot an air ball."

Clawson, former chief executive of an aluminum wheel company, won a special election in April to represent a district in Florida. He is the newest member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Updated : 2021-07-29 14:32 GMT+08:00