White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended Vice President Joe Biden’s apologies to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey for comments he made last week by saying Biden “is somebody who has enough character to admit when he’s made a mistake.”
“So the vice president has apologized to the Emirates. He has apologized to the Turks. He may or may not have apologized next to the Saudis. A few weeks ago, he apologized to the ADL for using the term ‘shylocks.’ He took heat for using the term ‘orient’ to describe Asia. He praised Bob Packwood before a women’s group. This is all in the past few weeks. What is the president’s response to his vice president going out and continually needing to apologize for things he said?” as reporter asked Earnest.
“I think the vice president is somebody who has enough character to admit when he’s made a mistake. He did that both publicly when he produced-when his office generated readouts of these calls, but he also did it privately when he picked up the telephone to clarify and apologize for his comments over the weekend,” Earnest responded.
“So the fact of the matter is the vice president is somebody who continues to be a core member of the president’s national security team. He is somebody who has decades of experience in dealing with leaders around the globe, and the president is pleased to be able to rely on his advice as we confront the variety of challenges that are so critical to American national security,” he continued.
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