Biden made some misleading claims, along with other claims that could use additional context. He has visited the southern border in the past, making a claim that CNN could not verify immediately and that the White House did not immediately provide evidence to support it.
Here is a verification of some of his requests from Town Hall on Thursday.
A college student asked Biden: “Since you have been in your campaign for almost a year, why did you not go to the southern border of our country?”
Although Biden addressed another immigration question from the student, Cooper followed suit after ignoring it. Biden replied, “I’ve been there before, I’m not – I mean, I know better. I think I should go down. But – but to its full point: I had a lot of time to get off.
Biden explained that he spends time exploring hurricane damage and “traveling around the world” and then added, “But I plan – now, my wife, Jill, was down. She was on both sides of the river. She. I saw the conditions there.”
Since we do not know what the President did every day of a political career that began in 1970, we cannot now declare that he issued a false statement when he previously claimed to have gone to the border. But we could not immediately find any news of such a visit, and the White House did not provide confirming information. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday night.
Two days later, when a reporter asked why Biden had not “seen the southern border” yet, Zaki did not deny the claim, but instead said Biden believed, “The most constructive role we can play is to help push forward immigration reform that has been broken over the past several years.” He asked his group of advisers, who had visited the border several times, what the path forward should be.
Although one reason Biden did not go to the border as president to date is to travel abroad, he made only one foreign trip in the first nine months of his epidemic period — a trip to Europe in June. He is scheduled to travel to Europe next weekend for the G20 summit and the United Nations climate conference.
Fox and vaccines
Speaking about the right-wing television station Fox News, Biden asked, “Did you realize they were forcing vaccinations?”
Biden’s Jobs Record
Biden said, “In the first eight months of my administration, we have created more jobs than any president in American history.”
Biden is free and, of course, argued that he was doing a good job of filling that hole. But his president-against-president boasting should be viewed with contextual caution.
This is a broken story and will be updated.
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