Biden offers new account of his advice to Obama on bin Laden raid

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event honoring former Vice President Walter Mondale at The George Washington University in WashingtonBy Alana Wise and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he advised President Barack Obama in May 2011 to go ahead with the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, contradicting his past comments about the discussions leading up to the operation. “As we walked out of the room and walked upstairs, I said – I told him my opinion that I thought he should go, but follow his own instincts,” Biden said during an event at George Washington University. “I never … say what I think finally until I go up in the Oval (Office) with him alone.” Biden, whose comments came as he weighs whether to enter the 2016 presidential race, has previously said he advised Obama against approving the 2011 raid without taking further steps to verify that bin Laden was present at the Pakistan compound where he was eventually found.

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