Inflation is caused by ‘the war in Iraq’ according to Biden’

Speaking at a campaign event in Florida about inflation, US President Joe Biden committed another blunder by conflating the nation’s battle against Russian-backed separatists with the US war against al-Qaeda.

In a campaign event in Florida, Biden, who turns 80 this month, mixed up Iraq and Ukraine, mentioning inflation.

“They talk about inflation … inflation is a worldwide problem right now because of a war in Iraq and the impact on oil and what Russia’s doing. I mean, excuse me, the war in Ukraine,” Mr Biden said.

“I’m thinking of Iraq because that’s where my son died … because he died,” he continued.

Beau Biden, the son of Mr Biden, served in Iraq from 2008 to 2009. He died of brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 46.

In the past, the US president has repeatedly asserted that toxins present in the smoke produced by burning waste at Iraqi military sites may have contributed to his son’s illness.

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