Biden mistakenly reported the death of his son in Iraq during a speech
President Joe Biden, during a speech in Colorado on Wednesday, mistakenly said his son, who died of cancer in 2015, “parted ways with his life in Iraq.”
The U.S. leader noted that Colorado trained U.S. military personnel who later participated in World War II and acted against German troops. “Just imagine. I say this sincerely. I say this as the father of a man who received the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Service Medal, and parted ways with his life in Iraq,” Biden said. – Imagine the courage and the bravery and the real sacrifices, the real sacrifices they all made.”
The eldest son of the current U.S. president, Beau Biden, served in Iraq from 2008-2009. He died in 2015 at age 46 of brain cancer after being hospitalized in the United States.
Joe Biden previously speculated that his son’s cancer may have been caused by exposure to toxic substances released during the burning of waste at U.S. military installations, including in Iraq.