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President Biden Friday as soon as extra made an exaggeration concerning the number of situations he’s been to the Center East, as he gave a commencement speech to U.S. Naval Academy graduates in Maryland.
“I’ve been out and in of Iraq and Afghanistan of over 40 I feel 38 occasions,” the president acknowledged.
That amount was incorrect, nonetheless. A spokesperson for Biden’s Nationwide Safety Council (NSC) acknowledged Friday the correct number of situations Biden visited Iraq and Afghanistan is 21.
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Biden made the Friday comment throughout the context of congratulating Naval Academy graduates of being, “members of the best combating pressure within the historical past of the world.” The president acknowledged that based on his visits to the Center East, and his family’s military service, he has firsthand data of the usual of the U.S. armed forces.
“I’ve seen you in motion, that is the best army, not a joke, we have now the best army within the historical past of the world,” Biden acknowledged.
Friday’s assertion was not the first time Biden’s made a false declare about how normally he’s visited the Center East. Whereas working for president, Biden acknowledged a minimum of as quickly as he’d been to Iraq and Afghanistan “over 30 occasions,” in accordance to the Washington Put up.
As a presidential candidate, Biden moreover knowledgeable a minimum of one “transferring however false” wrestle story, in accordance to the Washington Put up, which jumbled plenty of events loosely collectively to create a narrative that “by no means occurred.”
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Friday’s clarification by the NSC can be merely the most recent of plenty of present suggestions from the president that his crew wished to walk once more.
Most recently, the White Home was pressured to clear up a comment Biden made which indicated the U.S. would possibly defend Taiwan militarily if attacked by China.
Earlier this 12 months, Biden made a gaffe saying the U.S. may not have a response to a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine, which his staff walked once more. And in Warsaw, Poland this 12 months, Biden acknowledged, “this man can not stay in energy,” referring to Putin. The White Home shortly clarified that Biden was not calling for regime change in Russia.
Additionally all through his speech to Naval Academy graduates, Biden touted his methodology to U.S. abroad protection, collectively along with his emphasis on alliances. He moreover acknowledged Russian President Vladimir Putin’s wrestle on Ukraine is backfiring as western nations’ alliances get stronger.
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“The actions taken by Putin have been an try, to make use of my phrase, to Finlandize all of Europe, make all of it impartial,” Biden acknowledged, using a time interval that refers to Findland’s neutrality all through the Chilly Warfare. “As a substitute, he NATOized all of Europe.”
“Putin’s brutal, brutal battle in Ukraine, not solely is he attempting to take over Ukraine, he’s actually attempting to wipe out the tradition and id of Ukrainian individuals,” Biden moreover acknowledged, elevating his voice in outrage. “Attacking faculties, nurseries, hospitals, museums with no different objective than get rid of a tradition, a direct assault on the elemental tenets of rule-based worldwide order. That’s what you’re graduating into.”