NEW: Biden falsely claims his son died in Iraq again

Feb 1, 2024 | Political News

On Thursday, President Joe Biden falsely claimed that his son died while serving in Iraq once again.  

Biden made the claim again during a phone call with the family of Specialist Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia, who was one of the three US service members killed in a drone attack at a US military outpost in Jordan over the weekend. The attack was launched from Iraq by an Iran-backed militia. 

President Biden told the family, “My son spent a year in Iraq, that's how I lost him.” 

“You know, one percent of these kids are the ones that take care of 99 percent of us,” said Biden to the family.

While the death of a person's child is tragic, the president did not have a son killed while fighting in the line of duty in Iraq, which he seemingly alleged in the phone call. He has repeatedly made this same false claim before. However, President Biden did lose his son Beau Biden to brain cancer in 2015.

Before his death, Beau Biden served in the Delaware Army National Guard from 2008-2009 and was deployed to a combat zone in Iraq. The president believed his son's brain cancer was linked to toxic burn pits in Iraq, according to Newsweek. Beau died on May 30, 2015, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

According to a 2023 Snopes fact check, although veterans organizations have connected exposure to the pits to illnesses experienced by personnel, Biden has not provided evidence linking the death of his son and the pits.

During the phone call, President Biden informed the Sanders family that their daughter would be promoted posthumously to the rank of sergeant.

On Sunday, Sanders was killed along with Sergeant William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia, and Specialist Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia, when a drone launched by an Iran-backed militia struck the US Tower 22 military base, which is situated along a US-enforced demilitarized zone between Jordan and Syria.

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