White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby dodged a question about President Biden’s frequent factual embellishments after the commander in chief falsely claimed this week to have been at Ground Zero the day after the US attacks. 11 of September.
“The president lied about being at Ground Zero the day after the 9/11 attacks, falsely claimed he saw the Pittsburgh Bridge collapse, claimed his grandfather died in the hospital days before his birth. What is happening with the president? Does he just believe that things that didn’t happen did happen, or is he just making up random things? Washington Times journalist Jeff Mordock asked Kirby in an astonishing moment during Wednesday White House press conference.
Kirby, a retired Navy rear admiral and veteran military public affairs officer, dodged the question, highlighting Biden’s trip Monday to visit troops in Alaska and clarifying the 80-year-old president’s gaffe at Ground Zero.
“The president was deeply moved and honored to be able to spend 9/11 with military members in Alaska and some families, and he was honored by their presence and the opportunity to make a number of important comments about why we should continue to remember that. day. And he did it,” Kirby, 60, said.
“What’s going on with the president?” Jeff Mordock asked. YouTube/Whitehouse.gov
“And he talked about a visit to Ground Zero, which he participated in about a week after the event, and what it looked like, what it smelled like, and how it felt. And she had a visceral impact on him, as she had for so many other Americans on that terrible day.”
Biden, 80, vividly described the scene at Ground Zero a day after the World Trade Center collapse in remarks to military service members in Anchorage, Alaska, on the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
“Ground Zero in New York. I remember being there the next day and looking at the building. And I felt like I was looking through the gates of hell,” Biden said.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby dodged a question about President Biden’s frequent factual flourishes.AP
“It seemed so devastating from the way you could, from where you could be,” he added.
A White House official told The Post on Monday that Biden was thinking about his Sept. 20, 2001, visit to Ground Zero as part of a delegation of 38 senators nine days after the attack.
Kirby added that the president is “focused on making sure an attack like that never happens again.”
Biden falsely claimed this week to have been at Ground Zero the day after the 9/11 attacks. AFP via Getty Images
Dissatisfied with the White House official’s response, Mordock noted that Biden has “said a number of things that happened and didn’t happen, things that are easily debunked. Why does he keep doing that?
“The president was grateful to be able to spend that time with those family members and those troops,” Kirby responded.