‘Where’s Jackie?’: Joe Biden addresses dead MP during speech (VIDEO)

Joe Biden addressed a late member of Congress whose death the White House released a statement in which the US president said it was “shocked and saddened”.

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LUS President Joe Biden addressed the late Republican congressman on Wednesday, prompting several questions from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during the daily briefing.

“Where’s Jackie?” the 79-year-old Democrat asked during a speech dedicated to the fight against obesity and food insecurity.

“I want to thank everyone here,” Joe Biden announced, noting in particular two other members of Congress, a Republican and a Democrat, who have been involved in these matters.

In the process, he seemed to be looking at former House of Representatives member Jackie Walorski, a Republican elected from Indiana who died in a car accident in early August, who was so committed to the fight against malnutrition.

The elected official actively contributed to the preparation of a major summit devoted to the issue, during which Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday.

The White House released a statement after his death in which the US president said he was “shocked and saddened”.

“He thought very hard of her”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre didn’t actually respond when she was bombarded with questions on Wednesday about whether Joe Biden had forgotten the lawmaker was dead.

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The spokesman said only that “he thought very strongly of her” when she actively contributed to the event.

“I’m not bothered,” he repeated to pressing reporters.

Karine Jean-Pierre added that Joe Biden had already planned to meet the family of the lawmaker who died on Friday, on the occasion of signing a law to pay tribute to his “remarkable” fight against malnutrition.

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