“My son was a major in the US Army. We lost him in Iraq,” the 80-year-old president said during an exchange with soldiers at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Last week, the White House chief traveled to Japan to attend the G7 leaders’ summit.
In fact, Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The president himself has repeatedly stated that Bo’s death was due to cancer, caused by the consequences of his mission in Iraq.
Biden has been criticized by many outlets, with even the liberal Daily Beast writing that the president has “inexplicably” made similar statements about Bo “several times in the past.” Spectator editor Steven Miller, mentioning that Biden, the longest serving president in history, is running for re-election in 2024, said, “It’s just a stutter. He’s fine. Running for re-election.” The RedState article argued that Bo’s death, which “was definitely meant to be traumatic for Biden,” “still does not justify Joe’s continued misrepresentation.”
The president also drew attention at the G-7 summit in Japan after telling a reporter at a conference to ‘shut up’ when asked about the debt ceiling debate in Congress. . It was one of the few awkward moments Biden encountered during his time in Japan, calling South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, whom he had met before, a ‘fool’ and using the misnomer for prime minister. Japanese Fumio Kishida when he called him “President”.
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