The White House backpedaled on Wednesday, stating that President Joe Biden did not actually see pictures of Israeli children beheaded by Hamas.
The update came after Biden made the statement that he had seen confirmed pictures of terrorist beheading children.
Biden did not actually see ‘confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children’ as he claimed, WH clarifies https://t.co/5eu1FGyZXg
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“I never really thought that I would see and have confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children. I never thought I’d ever — anyway,” Biden said Wednesday.
"But neither the president nor US officials have seen images or heard independently confirmed reports of beheaded children, a White House spokesperson later clarified, according to the Washington Post," the New York Post reported.
Biden says he saw / confirmed pictures of beheaded children during Hamas attack on Saturday.
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IDF Spokesperson Maj. Doron Spielman told NBC News: "That specific report and that number I can’t confirm."
"A spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that toddlers and babies were found in Kfar Aza, a kibbutz in southern Israel, with their 'heads decapitated' after Hamas’ attack over the weekend," the report added.
The controversy over what Biden saw is secondary, however, to the violence from Hamas against the people of Israel. Over 1,200 people were killed and many more were wounded.
In addition, reports of more than 100 hostages have been noted, including some Americans who remain in the hands of Hamas terrorists.
Israel has called the event the nation's 9/11, referring to the tragic terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in 2001.
It's no surprise that Biden's speech may have included a misquote, but it remains shocking to many that some reporters would focus more on fact-checking the statement than on the people caught in conflict in Israel, including many Americans, under the threat of death and violence at the hands of terrorists.