Reporter Jonathan Lemire received backlash on Twitter after deflecting blame from United States President Joe Biden for recent events, characterizing them as “uncontrollable.”
Lemire’s comments: Lemire, a White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, tweeted on Saturday seeming to defend Biden from blame for a string of negative events.
Lemire began the tweet by recounting the recent events, writing: “The Pentagon admitted its errant drone strike. COVID boosters did not get full approval. France recalled its ambassador.”
He then went on to shield Biden from direct blame for the events.
“The punishing headlines, all within an hour, underscored the perils for a president from uncontrollable events that can define a term,” Lemire tweeted.
Twitter’s response: It was the phrase “uncontrollable events” that had many Twitter users up in arms.
One user responded: “Very respectfully it’s hard to see how any of these were uncontrollable. From the bad Afghanistan pullout (against advice from pretty much everyone apparently) to ordering the strike itself, every piece of that was a part of active decision-making. Same with boosters and France.”
“Biden was in control of all those events,” tweeted co-founder of The Federalist, Sean Davis. “They went south because he’s a failure, not because of bad luck.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “‘Uncontrollable events’ What the hell is this? All of it was in their control. They just dropped the ball out of incompetence or malice.”
In context: Lemire’s tweet and the responses it elicited come after a series of tough blows for the Biden Administration last week.
For one, the Pentagon announced that a miscalculated drone strike in August resulted in the death of 10 Afghan civilians.
On the same day as the Pentagon’s admission, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would not be approving the booster shot for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to be used on the general population.
These incidents were in addition to a move by France to recall its ambassadors from the U.S., following the announcement of a nuclear submarine deal between the U.S., Australia, and Great Britain.
See the tweets:https://twitter.com/seanmdav/status/1439383532275699712
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