White House Denies Biden’s Apology Amid Backlash for Term ‘Illegal’ in Laken Riley Comments

White House Denies Biden’s Apology Amid Backlash for Term ‘Illegal’ in Laken Riley Comments

Amid escalating controversy, President Biden’s recent remarks regarding the alleged killer of Laken Riley have stirred heated debates.

The White House contends that Biden did not issue an apology, emphasizing a nuanced explanation for his use of the term ‘illegal’ during an MSNBC interview.

Biden’s Clarification on MSNBC

President Biden, in an attempt to clarify his earlier statement about the alleged killer of Laken Riley during an MSNBC interview, expressed regret for using the term ‘illegal.’

He asserted that he “shouldn’t have used illegal; it’s undocumented,” aiming to modify his language.

Trump’s Critique and Alleged Apology

Former President Donald Trump seized the opportunity to criticize Biden’s clarification, branding it an ‘apology’ during a Georgia rally.

Trump, having met with Riley’s family and friends, accused Biden of apologizing to the alleged murderer, fueling further tension.

White House Denies Apology

In response to Trump’s claims, the White House, represented by Deputy Press Secretary Olivia Dalton, vehemently denied any apology from President Biden. Dalton emphasized that Biden used a different word in the conversation and clarified the President’s passionate expression of grief and condolences to Riley’s family.

Progressive Democrats Condemn Language

Biden’s initial remarks, where he referred to Laken Riley’s alleged killer as an ‘illegal,’ faced criticism from progressive Democrats.

The use of the term was deemed dehumanizing, prompting rebukes and calls for a retraction.

Biden’s Efforts to Walk Back

Facing backlash, President Biden attempted to walk back his initial comments, stating that he technically “shouldn’t be here.”

However, Trump capitalized on the issue during his rally, portraying Biden’s clarification as an apology.

Trump’s Strong Criticism

During the Georgia rally, Trump delivered strong criticism, asserting that Biden showed no remorse or regret and accusing him of lacking empathy.

The former President linked the controversy to what he called a ‘deadly invasion’ and the tragic loss of Laken Riley’s life.

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