Joe Biden said during a news conference on Friday in Saudi Arabia that he had discussed Jamal Khashoggi’s murder with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“He basically said that he was not personally responsible for it. I indicated I thought he was,” Biden stated.
Biden says he raised Jamal Khashoggi's murder with Crown Prime Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to Saudi Arabia today.— Axios (@axios) July 15, 2022
"He basically said that he was not personally responsible for it. I indicated I thought he was."
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What Biden said about the interaction in the presser was mirrored in the White House transcript. According to a misleading statement in the White House transcript, Biden said: “I indicated that he probably was.”
It is understandable that President Joe Biden received nothing from that discussion. It is possible that the transcript reflects the actual dialogue more accurately than President Joe Biden’s news conference remarks. But regardless of the specifics of the dialogue, the transcript, although being the official record, does not accurately capture what Joe Biden stated during the news conference.
Biden was asked today about MBS’s response to his comments on Khashoggi.— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 16, 2022
Video shows he said: “He basically said he was not personally responsible for it. I indicated that I thought he was.”
White House transcript wrongly claims Biden said: “I indicated that he *probably* was.” https://t.co/BXrt7eghqz pic.twitter.com/4LfRi9ZCTF
This is the third instance in roughly a week that we are aware of in which the White House transcript contains inaccurate information.
When speaking on a new abortion executive order, Biden famously quipped, “Repeat the line,” appearing to read the instructions off the teleprompter in a Ron Burgundy-style moment.
Emilie Simons, the assistant press secretary for the White House, claimed in a tweet that President Joe Biden had said, “Let me repeat the line,” when in fact he had not. But shortly after she stated so, a misleading account of his remarks was published in the White House transcript.
Joe Biden accidentally reads the part on the teleprompter that says "repeat the line" when they wanted him to say the line again lmfao pic.twitter.com/pS3GdXPe5N— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 8, 2022
The second incident included tidying up after Jill Biden’s really awkward taco remarks.
Although Jill Biden made it plain that she said “bogidas,” the White House transcript incorrectly recorded her words as “bodegas” without any explanation.