In President’s speech in front of Congress on Wednesday, Biden said that he “traveled over 17,000 miles” with President Xi Jinping of the Chinese Communist Party.
Numerous left-wing fact-checkers said that this is unverified and misleading.
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Previously, Biden repeated this claim on a couple of other occasions.
According to The Washington Post, on February 16, 2021, town hall Biden claimed that. Then, on one interview with Norah O’Donnell of CBS News on February 7. If we get back on January 10, Biden again said it in a campaign rally at Sparks High School in Nevada.
Joe Biden brags about the time he's spent with Communist China's leader Xi Jingping pic.twitter.com/DxZ3h2SfnU
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 29, 2021
“I spent a lot of time with President Xi,” Biden said on Wednesday.
“Traveled over 17,000 miles with him.”
Daniel Dale, a CNN reporter, immediately fact-checked President’s inaccurate statement. He shared the fact-check result on his Twitter account.
“Biden’s ‘I traveled over 17,000 miles with’ Xi Jinping claim is extremely inaccurate, as WaPo has shown. He’s spent a lot of time with Xi, but that ‘miles’ number is very false.”
Biden's "I traveled over 17,000 miles with" Xi Jinping claim is extremely inaccurate, as WaPo has shown. He's spent a lot of time with Xi, but that "miles" number is very false.
That was an ad-lib; Biden's text has been very factual, but he just started talkin' for a second.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 29, 2021
Biden’s statement cannot be found in the pre-released WH transcript of the address.
Left-leaning organizations already fact-checked Biden’s claim, which turned out to be false.
Moreover, one CNN article from February 23 says that Biden “has not traveled anywhere close to 17,000 miles ‘with’ Xi.”
The Post shared that Biden and Xi spent an impressive amount of face-time.
uh –> Biden’s repeated claim he’s ‘traveled 17,000 miles with’ Xi Jinping https://t.co/exPn7nfZpE
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) April 29, 2021
“As far as we could tell, the only time Biden and Xi appear to have traveled together was when they visited Qingchengshan High School in Dujiangyan,” The Post shared.
“We found a clue about what Biden was trying to say when we searched as many transcript archives as we could and found a statement Biden made at a Hillary Clinton campaign event on November 4, 2016: ‘Because the former president of China and President Obama seven years ago thought we should get to know one another, I traveled 17,000 miles through his country and our country over nine days.'”
Moreover, a WH official spoke to The Post and shared that the statement is a FALSE CLAIM.
Biden probably wanted to say the total travel back and forth for the meeting Xi and Biden hold together.