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September 17, 2020
     Biden is called Mr. Gaff.During a low-energy roundtable with veterans in Florida Tuesday, Joe Biden repeated his dubious claim that he removed 150,000 troops from Iraq as vice president as he also admitted that Trump seemed to be helping the middle class amid the coronavirus pandemic — an apparent oversight given his pro-union, blue collar platform.Biden, 77, who again took no questions from reporters and could barely be heard through his mask even though he had a microphone, made his first visit to the Sunshine State amid polls which show his support among Hispanics, who make up a fifth of the Florida population, is trailing Trump.      

      At the discussion in Tampa, Biden spoke about his late son Beau Biden’s military record and also touted his legacy as Barack Obama’s veep, recounting how he got permission to withdraw 150,000 soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.  “It was particularly difficult when watching what happened during the heavy deployments, back in Iraq and Afghanistan, before I was able to get permission to bring home 150,000 troops,” he said. The number of US troops in Iraq — a war Biden voted for — did fall in Obama’s first term from 150,000 to nearly zero. But Biden failed to mention that 5,000 American soldiers were sent back to the region in 2011 after ISIS gained a foothold in Iraq because of the lack of US soldiers. The Obama-Biden administration also sent troops to Syria and Libya.

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