KJP Attempts to Clean Up Biden’s Remarks About U.S. Troops During Debate When Pressed by Reporter

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre attempted to clean up President Joe Biden’s false statement that no U.S. troops died under his watch.

Biden falsely said he is the first president in the past decade to not witness American troops’ deaths overseas, though thirteen service members died during the botched U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 26, 2021.

“Three U.S. troops that died in Jordan this year and more in Afghanistan in 2021. How can the president say none have died during his administration?” a reporter asked during Friday’s press gaggle.

“So, uh, look, um — obviously the president, as you know, is the Commander-in-Chief and you hear him even when he ends all of these remarks, he talks about respecting our troops who are serving today. And he will always do that and continues to do that. And he obviously had his son was — was obviously served as well. So this is something that he respects. And so, look, I don’t think that’ll ever change. Obviously, our hearts and our thoughts go out to the families who are clearly still suffering and thinking about their loved ones. So we’ll continue to do that and I would refer you to the campaign about specifics about fact-checking and all of those pieces. But I can speak to a president that has been incredibly respectful of the military and what they do for us day in and day out and how they continue to serve our country.”

“Well, I understand that was said during the debate, so you can refer to the campaign. But he’s the president. These weren’t off the cuff remarks, they felt prepared. And it was clearly a mistake. Does he not consider these to be?” the reporter pressed.

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