In an official statement from the White House, the Biden Administration has admitted that President Joe Biden mislead the American people when he indicated that he visited the site of a 2018 mass shooting.
According to a report in The Washington Examiner the White House admitted that Biden did not visit the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania following the 2018 massacre.
Friday the White House admitted during a video call with rabbis before Rosh Hashanah on Thursday Biden dimpled that he visited the synagogue after the massacre that resulted in 11 deaths.
“And [hate has] been given too much oxygen in the last four, five, seven, 10 years, and it has seen itself, whether it was — I remember spending time at the — you know, going to the — you know, the Tree of Life synagogue, speaking with the — just — it just is amazing these things are happening, happening in America,” Biden said.
The president’s apparent word salad added confusion to the comment, however, it was believed by many that he was claiming to have visited, due to the words “spending time at” followed, after some stumbling, by “the tree of life synagogue.”
In reality, it appears that the president made his “visit” via telephone, which seemed to be confirmed by the congregation’s rabbi, Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, who commented on the call with then-candidate Biden.
It appears that the call was made the following year, about nine months after the attack in 2019, which Meyers cited, according to the White House.
“President Biden kindly called me on my cell phone as I was sitting in Dulles Airport awaiting a return flight to Pittsburgh after I testified before Congress in July 2019,” Myers said.
“In a heartfelt way, he extended his condolences and asked how we were doing. We spoke about the challenges of antisemitism, and he made clear he would confront it with us as president. The conversation meant a great deal to me, and I will always be grateful for his kind words and continued support of our community,” Myers added.