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Biden claims his son Beau died in Iraq, repeating awkward gaffe

Biden twice made the same erroneous claim in 2022.

Published: May 23, 2023 5:26pm

President Joe Biden has once again claimed that his son Beau died in Iraq, after doing so multiple times on the campaign trail and during his presidency.

Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015 at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the age of 46. 

"My son was a major in the US Army. We lost him in Iraq," he told troops at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni last week during a visit to Japan. The New York Post obtained video footage of the remarks, which did not attract media coverage at the time. The outlet contended that the president made the remarks out of earshot from reporters.

Biden twice made the same erroneous claim in 2022. In the first instance, which occurred in October, Biden spoke at Colorado's Camp Hale, where he said, "Just imagine – and I mean this sincerely. I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and lost his life in Iraq."

He again made the gaffe in November of that year, referring to the "war in Iraq" when he meant "Ukraine." Biden attempted to explain his slip, saying "I'm thinking about Iraq because that's where my son died."

Beau Biden did serve in Iraq in the late 2000s and the president has previously suggested that his brain cancer stemmed from his exposure to burn pit smoke during his service. Nonetheless, all three of his statements are inaccurate.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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