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Florida Congressman Mistakenly Thinks US Officials Are From The Indian Government

Oops.

Posted on July 25, 2014, at 5:01 p.m. ET

Freshman Rep. Curt Clawson of Florida assumed the two Indian-Americans answering his questions at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee were representatives from the Indian government.

He was so wrong.

According to Foreign Policy, this was Clawson's first day on the job:

Thursday was Clawson's first day sitting on the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He was named to the full committee July 9. Subcommittee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) promoted Clawson's deep international business acumen and knowledge of four languages in welcoming him. "Our newest member of this committee, Curt Clawson ... speaks four languages and all kinds of other great stuff," Chabot boasted.

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