The official White House transcript for President Joe Biden has been edited to correct a gaffe he made saying, "We ended cancer."
Biden made the inaccurate remark on Tuesday during remarks about his administration's work to fight cancer under his leadership.
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“They looked at me like why cancer because no one thinks we can. That’s why. And we can. We ended cancer as we know it," Biden said.
“And they looked at me like, “Why cancer?” Because no one thinks we can. That’s why. And we can. We can end cancer as we know it," the official version reads.
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Users quickly mocked Biden's statement on social media.
"The Media Research Center, a right-wing media watchdog, shared the clip with the caption: 'Fact-Check: Joe Biden has not cured cancer,'" the New York Post shared.
“Biden just told everyone that he cured cancer. I feel like that would have at least gotten a press release,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) tweeted.
Sadly, Biden's son Beau Biden died from brain cancer in 2015. The president made cancer research, prevention, and treatment a major goal of his administration when taking office.
The Biden administration's "cancer moonshot" program seeks to greatly reduce cancer deaths with a goal of 50% fewer deaths in the next 25 years. The goal would be a great medical advancement but would remain far short of ending cancer as Biden wrongly noted during his remarks.
The latest gaffe also adds to a growing list of health and cognitive concerns related to the president that have led to questions about his fitness to serve a second term as he runs for reelection in 2024.