WH Spins Biden Gaffes: ‘Character to Admit When He’s Made a Mistake’

By Craig Millward | October 6, 2014 | 3:40pm EDT

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended Vice President Joe Biden's apologies to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey for comments he made last week by saying Biden "is somebody who has enough character to admit when he's made a mistake."

"So the vice president has apologized to the Emirates. He has apologized to the Turks. He may or may not have apologized next to the Saudis. A few weeks ago, he apologized to the ADL for using the term 'shylocks.' He took heat for using the term 'orient' to describe Asia. He praised Bob Packwood before a women's group. This is all in the past few weeks. What is the president's response to his vice president going out and continually needing to apologize for things he said?" as reporter asked Earnest.

"I think the vice president is somebody who has enough character to admit when he's made a mistake. He did that both publicly when he produced—when his office generated readouts of these calls, but he also did it privately when he picked up the telephone to clarify and apologize for his comments over the weekend,” Earnest responded.

"So the fact of the matter is the vice president is somebody who continues to be a core member of the president's national security team. He is somebody who has decades of experience in dealing with leaders around the globe, and the president is pleased to be able to rely on his advice as we confront the variety of challenges that are so critical to American national security," he continued.

Earnest did not say if Biden apologized to Obama for his comments.

Biden came under fire last week for blaming Middle Eastern allies for strengthening ISIS saying, "Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria" during a speech at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

"The Turks, who are great friends, and I have a great relationship with Erdogan which I’ve just spent a lot of time with – the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad, and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do?” Biden asked.

"They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens – thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad. Except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world," Biden said.

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