Biden draws criticism as he repeats false claim that son Beau died in Iraq: 'Continued mangling of the truth'

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President Joe Biden told Marines during a stop in Japan that his son Beau died in Iraq, according to a video obtained by the New York Post.

"My son was a major in the U. S. Army. We lost him in Iraq," the 80-year-old president said during an exchange with troops at Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan, on Thursday. The president visited Japan this month for the G-7 Leaders' summit.

Biden’s son, Beau, died of brain cancer in 2015 at the Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The president himself has said on different occasions that Beau’s death from cancer was caused by "burn pits" in Iraq, a subject on which he signed legislation in 2022.

"The President talks, as the families of many veterans do, about losing Beau in Iraq because his brain cancer was likely caused by prolonged exposure to burn bits while serving in Iraq," White House spokesperson Robyn Patterson said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

Biden is drawing criticism from media online, with even liberal outlet Daily Beast writing that the president has "puzzlingly" made similar statements about Beau "several times in the past" in a story published Monday.

Contributing editor at The Spectator, Stephen L. Miller, pointed out that Biden — the oldest serving president in history — is running for re-election in 2024.

"It's just a stutter. He's fine. Running for re-election."

Another story from a RedState contributor argued that Beau's death, which "certainly must have been traumatic for Biden," still does not "excuse Joe’s continued mangling of the truth."... (Read more)