White House clarifies: Biden did not apologize for using term ‘illegal’

A spokesperson from the White House refuted claims on Monday that President Biden had apologized for using the term “illegal” to refer to an undocumented migrant during his State of the Union speech. The spokesperson clarified that although President Biden expressed regret over his choice of words, he did not issue an apology.

The accused individual, who allegedly took the life of university student Laken Riley in Georgia, is a migrant hailing from Venezuela without proper authorization to be in the United States, as confirmed by immigration officials. This unfortunate incident has quickly become a divisive topic of discussion among conservatives, sparking intense political debate.

White House spokesperson Olivia Dalton emphasized that it is important to clarify a certain point. She stated on Monday that the President did not offer an apology during the conversation. Dalton made it clear that there was no mention of an apology whatsoever, and that the President used a different word instead.

Dalton highlights the difference between an apology and the president’s expression of remorse, which followed criticism from certain Democrats who found the term offensive. A spokesperson for the Biden campaign referred to the use of the term as a “minor error.”

Multiple Republicans criticized the president on Sunday for expressing regret, portraying it as an apology and using it to argue that he is weak on border security policy.

Riley’s death has sparked a heated political debate on border security, with Republicans blaming Biden’s policy for the crime, while the White House urges the GOP to support a bipartisan border security agreement.

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