White House says Biden’s laugh during fentanyl crisis debate was taken out of context: ‘His heart is going out’

White House Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said Thursday that President Biden’s laugh when discussing a mother who lost her two children to a fentanyl overdose was out of context and that his heart goes out to all victims.

The laughter came during Biden’s speech at the Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Baltimore on Wednesday night. The president was responding to comments by MP Marjorie Taylor Green, who had suggested his administration was to blame for the fentanyl overdose of a woman’s two sons in 2020.

“Hear this mother, who lost two children to fentanyl poisoning, tell the truth about both of her son’s murders because of the Biden administration’s refusal to secure our borders and stop the Cartel from murdering Americans every day with Chinese fentanyl,” Green tweeted after a House floor on the southern border crisis.


While discussing Green’s comments and the loss of the woman’s two sons, Biden laughed.

“Isn’t (Marjorie Taylor Green) amazing?” Biden said.

“(S)he was very specific recently, saying that a mom, a poor mother who lost two children to fentanyl, that I killed her sons. Well, the interesting thing is that the fentanyl that they took came in the last administration.” Biden said with a laugh.

Asked Thursday if Biden regretted the way he came out, Jean-Pierre said the president had dealt with the tragedy himself and sympathized with the mother.

President Joseph Biden delivers the keynote address on the first night of the 2023 Democratic House Issues People Over Politics Conference at the Hyatt Baltimore Inner Harbor on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in Baltimore. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“I think the American people basically know who he is because he’s been around a long time and they’ve seen him go through his grief. They’ve watched him deal with personal loss,” Jean-Pierre said, adding that “his heart is close to any person who has to go through that kind of trauma, that kind of hurt.”

Jean-Pierre said the president’s words were “mischaracterized” by Greene “who is regularly discredited for things she says are really conspiracy theories and these lies are being parroted by a certain network.”


Fox News Digital has reached out to Greene’s office for a response.

Adam Sabes of Fox News contributed to this report.

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