French President Hollande uttered the word Obama refuses to say – Islamic Terrorism – so the White House cut it out of translation.
President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande met in Washington on Thursday to discuss ways for the two countries to work together to defeat terrorism. But the White House apparently had zero appetite for Hollande’s mention of Islamist terrorism, since it censored the phrase from the official White House video of the meeting posted on the White House website.
President Hollande’s remarks below. (Segment underlined is the portion of the audio that was originally muted out in White House translation video.)
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. We are continuing to support Iraq. This is also a decision we have taken, supporting the Iraqi government and making sure that they can claim back their entire territory, including Mosul.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The White House video of the remarks muted the audio during the above underlined portion of Hollande’s remarks. After being called out on it, the White House removed and then re-uploaded the censored video from their website, with the following message:
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. 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.[/pullquote]
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