White House says Biden 'cares deeply' about troops after false debate claim that none have died on his watch

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that President Biden "deeply" cared about service members and made the debate-night mistake of saying no U.S. servicemen had perished.  

President compared service member deaths under his watch to previous years. His contrast "Jean-Pierre told Wednesday's news briefing.   

"He was doing that because he cares so deeply, cares so deeply about them and their families and wants to keep troops safe."  

When asked about Biden's debate claim that he is the "only president this century" without troops dying, the comments were made.  

"Truth is, I’m the only president this century that doesn’t have — this decade — any troops dying anywhere in the world like he did," noted.  

Critics observed that a suicide attack at Hamid Karzia International Airport killed 13 U.S. personnel during Biden's leave from Afghanistan.  

Recently, drone attacks on U.S. sites in Jordan killed three soldiers in January.  Biden was attacked for checking his watch during the 13 Afghan military members' respectful transfer.  

"Let's not forget that for some time, he carried a card in his pocket about how many service members were wounded and killed in Iraq and in Afghanistan," he said.   

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