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Biden cheat sheet for Iraq PM meeting caught on camera — including instructions to ‘pause’

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The commander cheating?

President Biden was caught once again holding up a crib sheet bearing scripted remarks to the press during an Oval Office meeting with the Iraqi prime minister on Monday.

Biden, 81, turned to the script — which included staged all-caps on when to pause in his comments to allow an interpreter to translate — to make his first public statement since Iran launched an unprecedented direct missile and drone attack on Israel. during the weekend.

The president glanced at his script several times while sitting alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’a Al-Sudani.

Al-Sudani did not rely on any sort of fact sheets when he made brief remarks after Biden.

A close-up of the apparent script used by the president. Bonnie Cash/UPI/Shutterstock
President Biden welcomed the Iraqi Prime Minister to the Oval Office on Monday. via REUTERS

Instead of Biden making an on-camera statement while Saturday’s attack was in progress, the White House tapped out just after 5 p.m. and released photos of the president and his national security team following the attack in the situation room.

Biden also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday to express U.S. support for the Jewish state. The next day, the president convened the leaders of the Group of Seven to discuss a diplomatic response.

Behind the scenes, Biden reportedly pressed Netanyahu to moderate any response to Iran, fearing the prospect of a dramatic escalation of the conflict.

President Biden moves his crib sheet. BONNIE CASH/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Mohammed Shia’a Al-Sudani and President Biden carefully addressed the Israeli issue during their public meeting. PRESS OFFICE OF THE IRAQI PRIME MINISTER/AFP via Getty Images
The president has been seen on several occasions with memory aids. AFP via Getty Images

“The United States is committed to Israel’s security. We are committed to a ceasefire (between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip) that will bring the hostages home and prevent the conflict from expanding beyond what it already has,” he said. Biden during his brief speech on Monday.

The president is accustomed to relying on index cards for what are traditionally impromptu comments. In April last year, he was seen using a card that appeared to include a question from a reporter before Biden called the reporter to ask a question.

Biden also relied on index cards for private fundraising, which rattled some donors, Axios reported in February of this year.



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