Biden says COVID-19 killed more Americans than U.S. war in Iran
U.S. President Joe Biden said that COVID-19 killed more Americans than all wars of the past century combined - including the U.S. war in Iran, which never happened.
The apparent gaffe during a speech in North Carolina followed a bizarre presidential performance at the White House, where Biden loudly whispered several replies to reporters while discussing a bipartisan infrastructure deal.
"We lost 600,000 dead in America in about a year," Biden said in North Carolina. "That’s more than every life lost in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, Iraq, Iran, across the board — Afghanistan. More lives lost in a year than every major war in the 20th century and the 21st century."
The U.S. has not fought a major conflict in Iran, though tensions have been high for decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, The New York Post writes.
"Somebody ask Biden when we had a war with Iran. I must’ve missed it," wrote one Twitter user.
Another asked, "Did Joe Biden just declare war on Iran/!? He just listed that among the wars the U.S. has gotten involved."