Biden drops claim he was arrested seeing Mandela

Joe Biden drops claim he was arrested seeing Mandela

26.2.2020

Joe Biden drops claim he was arrested seeing Mandela

An official says he got separated at an airport in South Africa rather than actually being arrested.

The former vice-president first made the arrest assertion at an event in South Carolina earlier this month, reminiscing about his personal history with Mandela, South Africa's first black president who died in 2013. Biden: 'Mandela thanked me' Mr Biden - at the time a senator for Delaware - said he had been visiting the country with a delegation of American officials, and had planned to visit Mandela in prison. But during the trip, Mr Biden said he had"had the great honour of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto" while trying to reach the civil rights leader on Robben Island. The town of Soweto is more than 760 miles (1,223km) from Robben Island. At a black history awards brunch in Las Vegas last week, he also said Mandela had thanked him for his efforts. "He threw his arms around me and said, 'I want to say thank you,'" Mr Biden told onlookers."I said, 'What are you thanking me for, Mr President?' He said: 'You tried to see me. You got arrested trying to see me.'" Image copyright Image caption Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 27 years before becoming South Africa's president Mr Biden's account of what happened has been rebuffed by Andrew Young, the US ambassador to the UN at the time, who says he travelled with Mr Biden to South Africa. Local media have also failed to find any evidence of an arrest being made. Fact-checkers at the Washington Post called the claim"ridiculous" on Tuesday as they awarded it four Pinocchios. On Tuesday Mr Biden's deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, told reporters Mr Biden had been referring to an incident when"he was separated from his party at Johannesburg airport". When a journalist noted that being separated did not equate with an arrest, Ms Bedingfield repeated that it had been a"separation". "They, he was not allowed to go through the same door that the - the rest of the party he was with," said Ms Bedingfield."Obviously, it was apartheid South Africa. There was a white door, there was a black door. He did not want to go through the white door and have the rest of the party go through the black door. He was separated." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Fat or fact? Joe Biden got involved in a heated exchange in Iowa The account echoes earlier comments made by Mr Biden, but a statement he made in 2013 gives a different account of his trip. "When I exited the plane I was directed to one side of the tarmac, while the African American congressmen travelling with me were sent to the other side," said Mr Biden."I refused to break off, and the officials finally relented." He has faced scrutiny for his verbal gaffes and his long and sometimes controversial political career, including his vote in favour of the Iraq war. Republicans have been hammering away at him for his son's lucrative board position with a Ukrainian natural gas firm when he was vice-president and in charge of American-Ukrainian relations. The issue was central to the Trump impeachment case. Who will take on Trump in November? Read more: BBC News (UK)

American politics is fantastic entertainment. Endemic: liars Is telling lies a requirement to run for president? The person below me is gay and has coronavirus 👇🏼 Lying piece of work Separated from colleagues at an airport becomes “I was arrested”. That’s a lie bbc, not a claim. 'Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids'. Sleepy Joe Biden

Creepy Joe Biden needs arresting🚔 How humiliating, lying like that. This guy is not fit to be president, no better than Trump. He is utterly useless Biden out of nowhere with the yearly win dhotya

Joe Biden completely falsely claims '150 million people' in the US have been killed by guns since 2007During Tuesday's Democratic debate in Charleston, South Carolina, former vice president Joe Biden made a wildly untrue statement about how many people had been killed by guns in the US since 2007. In 2007 was the year Call of Duty Modern Warfare was released; I see what went wrong here ... Fvck yeah!!! That dude is 10x crazier than Trump. Biden2020 Why false, it’s more than that?

_DHOTYA So he lied.. He's done. Errr so he lied. Hummm His story telling technique is all over the place Nurse, has Mr Biden taken his medication? Looks like the Democrats are doing all they can to make sure Trump gets another term. Pity. Charges were probably dropped. At least separated from his parents and caged.. - Joe Biden drops claim he was arrested seeing Mandela An official says he was separated at an airport in South Africa rather than actually being arrested

Joe Biden completely falsely claims '150 million people' in the US have been killed by guns since 2007During Tuesday's Democratic debate in Charleston, South Carolina, former vice president Joe Biden made a wildly untrue statement about how many people had been killed by guns in the US since 2007. In 2007 was the year Call of Duty Modern Warfare was released; I see what went wrong here ... Fvck yeah!!! That dude is 10x crazier than Trump. Biden2020 Why false, it’s more than that?

oops Does Joe even know what day of the week it is never mind where Robben Island prison is? Thems some mighty pretty words. More fake news from a woke Mandela is that one if the worlds biggest terrorists you're talking about? Why this negative foto ? So a proven liar! These days, that’s enough to qualify him to be the US President!

In English it's called being a lier JoeBiden Call it what it was - ‘lying’ He honestly thinks he was. He needs to retire.

Carragher claims Salah is ‘underappreciated’ by Liverpool fansCarragher believes the Egyptian has dropped a level since last year but remains “world class” they blame him for every loss nd ignore for every win. I don´t agree, he´s an amazing player! He's a great player but in one hand he's kinda selfish man

Say it ain’t so Joe? One of many lies no doubt. The far left always lie. Remember Corbyns lie about playing a part in the peace process in Northern Ireland?

Who won and lost the latest Democratic debate?While Sanders and Bloomberg were braced for attacks, Biden had to fight his way back into contention Bernie is done Trump won! I believe everyone agrees CBS and the viewers lost ...

Assange called White House to warn about Wikileaks and was told to try again later, court hears'I don’t understand why you’re not seeing the urgency of this' Sounds legit Julian Assange is an upstanding citizen of the world. Unlike the current crop of government leaders worldwide.

England suffers ‘unprecedented’ drop in health after a decade of austerityMost deprived areas of the northeast saw the largest falls in life expectancy, writes Shaun Lintern Yes and mainly against women whole pension stolen six years ZERO NOTICE ShaunLintern Brexit May make this worse



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