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Hot Mic Catches Biden’s Odd Comment to French President At D-Day Event

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A hot mic captured President Joe Biden informing French President Emmanuel Macron that he would need to leave an 80th-anniversary D-Day commemoration in Normandy, France, on Thursday before anyone else.

The event occurred at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooking the site of Omaha Beach, where the D-Day invasion resulted in the highest American casualties.

The cemetery holds the graves of 9,388 Americans who died on D-Day and in the subsequent Normandy battle. Additionally, there are 1,557 names listed on the Walls of the Missing at the site.

As Biden entered the ceremony with Macron, the hot mic caught him saying, “My advance team said I gotta leave be the first one to leave because I hold people up.” The French leader didn’t respond but instead continued walking toward the event.

Later during the ceremony, Biden appeared to want to sit down while standing next to First Lady Jill Biden, Macron, and the French president’s wife, Brigitte Macron, though it was not exactly clear what he was trying to do.

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When the commemoration was over, as he had promised, Biden quickly exited the venue accompanied by the first lady.

The D-Day invasion took place 80 years ago—on June 6, 1944—and, according to the Defense Department, involved more than 156,000 troops, nearly 7,000 ships, and 11,000-plus aircraft. The Normandy battle took place along a 50-mile front. The plan involved crossing the English Channel and landings on five Normandy beach sites, as well as dropping paratroopers from the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions behind enemy lines.

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As for Biden and his condition, he reportedly faces considerable challenges in closed-door meetings with U.S. officials and lawmakers, to the extent that there are questions about his level of alertness and coherence.

The Wall Street Journal conducted interviews with numerous individuals — both Republicans and Democrats, including insiders at the White House — for its report and discovered that many expressed significant worries about Biden’s mental suitability for his role. Their concerns align with those of a vast majority of voters as the upcoming election approaches, after years of Biden committing grave mental lapses, ranging from forgetting the timeline of his tenure in office to asserting that he had recently met with individuals who had been deceased for years.

The report comes after Special Counsel Robert Hur decided that he could not bring criminal charges against Biden for mishandling classified material because he did not believe that Biden would be viewed as fit to stand trial. Hur’s description of Biden left Republicans wondering how it is possible that Biden isn’t fit to stand trial but he is supposedly fit to run for reelection.

The administration responded to the story by asserting that most of the claims were false or by attempting to reframe Biden’s statements and actions in a positive light despite widespread perception to the contrary. Other Democrats defended Biden by attributing his perceived mental decline to a “speech impediment” issue.

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The WSJ report said that during a meeting earlier this year about providing funding to Ukraine, Biden reportedly “paused for extended periods and sometimes closed his eyes for so long that some in the room wondered whether he had tuned out.”

He devoted considerable time attempting to persuade lawmakers of the necessity of the funding, despite the fact that those in attendance were already convinced of its importance. Throughout the meeting, Biden spoke very little — frequently deferring to his staff — and when he did speak, attendees struggled to hear him, according to the report.

“You couldn’t be there and not feel uncomfortable,” one attendee told the WSJ. “I’ll just say that.” And Sen. James E. Risch (R-ID) said that when dealing with Biden behind closed doors, “What you see on TV is what you get.”

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