Published On: Tue, May 23rd, 2023
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President Biden tells US Marines son Beau died ‘in Iraq’ | US | News

A video has revealed that President Joe Biden told US forces in Japan that his son Beau died in the Iraq War. Beau Biden actually died after a battle with brain cancer in 2015.

The incident comes following questions about President Biden’s mental alertness. He made the same incorrect claim at least twice in 2022.

The President, 80, told US troops during an informal visit to the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on Thursday (May 18): “My son was a major in the US Army. We lost him in Iraq.”

The travelling press, which has encountered multiple access issues while covering the President, were kept at such a distance that the remarks were inaudible. The error nearly avoided reaching the public, as the White House press office did not put out an official transcript.

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Biden said last October that Beau “lost his life in Iraq”, before saying the next month that Iraq was “where my son died.” The President’s son actually died of brain cancer in 2015 at the Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

With Biden seeking re-election in 2024, these types of blunders could turn out to be particularly costly, New York Post reports. Only 32% of the public believes the President has the mental sharpness required to hold the office, a Washington Post-ABC poll poll released earlier this month found.

Beau had been groomed to continue his father’s political legacy. He held the office of Delaware’s attorney general from 2007 to 2015, with Joe frequently saying he believed his son could have been elected President someday.

Biden has also said publicly that the origin of his son’s cancer was “burn pits” that disposed of military waste during his deployment to Iraq in 2008 and 2009. The President stopped at Iwakuni on the way to a summit of G-7 leaders in Hiroshima.

Biden made other errors at the conference, including referring to South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol as “Loon”, and using the title of “president” when speaking about Japanese Prime Fumio Kishida.

Biden, who became the oldest President in history (78 years, 61 days) when he was inaugurated in January 2021, is currently campaigning for a second term in the highest office, and would be 86-years-old should he complete the term. The Republican favourite for the nomination is former President Donald Trump, 76, but he faces challenges from numerous younger GOP candidates.

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