White House censors 'Islamist terrorism' from French president remarks
How far will President Obama go in denying that terrorism is largely carried out by Islamists?
Not content with refusing to connect the words "Islam" and "terrorism" in his own speeches, the White House shockingly censored the words of French President François Hollande following a bilateral meeting because Hollande had the temerity to connect the words "Islamist" and "terrorism" in the president's presence.
After a firestorm erupted on social media and conservative websites, the red-faced White House restored the original version of the video with the censored part added back in. Unable to admit the truth, they lied about a "technical issue" that led to the dropping of the French president's words.
Hollande's remarks Thursday in Washington, following a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama, urged continued cooperation between European nations and the United States to fight what the White House refers to as 'violent extremism.'
'But we're also well aware that the roots of terrorism – Islamist terrorism – are in Syria and in Iraq,' Hollande said, according to the official translation. 'We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we're doing within the framework of the coalition.'
The censored part is in brackets:
“But we're also well aware that the roots of terrorism, [Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we're doing within the framework of the coalition.] And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we've been able to launch with the coalition.”
Here are the two videos, with the original censored version first:
The White House issued a statement on the "technical issue" that led to the censored words:
'A technical issue with the audio during the recording of President Hollande's remarks led to a brief drop in the audio recording of the English interpretation,' the message read.
'As soon as this was brought to our attention, we posted an updated video online here with the complete audio, which is consistent with the written transcript we released yesterday.'
Translation: As soon as we realized we'd been caught, we restored the original version.
Is the White House so stupid that it would alter the words spoken by a foreign leader and an ally? This is something Castro or Kim Jung-un would do, not an American president. But Obama is enslaved to the politically correct notion that religion is not a motivator of terrorism and will apparently go to any lengths to instruct the American people in how to think.