Prime Minister Condemns Biden’s Cannibalism Insinuation

Prime Minister Condemns Biden's Cannibalism Insinuation

Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea criticized President Biden’s suggestion regarding his relative, a U.S. serviceman. Marape issued a statement to various media outlets like The Associated Press and Reuters. He disagreed with Biden’s remarks, stating they unjustly stigmatized his nation. Marape emphasized that one shouldn’t make such insinuations lightly. He highlighted the importance of avoiding unjust accusations against Papua New Guinea.

Biden’s Allegations Draw Criticism

President Biden twice speculated, without providing proof, that his relative might have been eaten by cannibals in Papua New Guinea. While discussing steel and aluminum tariffs in Pittsburgh, Biden commented on the incident. Papua New Guinea, a key U.S. ally in the region, felt disturbed by Biden’s remarks. Prime Minister Marape, who met with Biden twice at the White House, hasn’t responded to inquiries yet. The comments have left Papua New Guinea uneasy, given its relationship with the United States.

Biden’s unfounded cannibalism speculation in Papua New Guinea strains diplomatic ties and warrants clarification. According to WSJ Print Subscription.

Military Records Contradict Biden’s Claims

Contrary to Biden’s assertions, military records indicate that Ambrose Finnegan, his relative, was aboard an aircraft that made an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean off the northern coast of New Guinea due to engine malfunctions. There is no evidence indicating that someone shot down the aircraft.

During a visit to a war memorial in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where Finnegan is commemorated, Biden voiced these comments. He criticized Donald J. Trump for allegedly disparaging fallen soldiers in his remarks.

White House Response

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates defended Biden’s recounting of his uncle’s narrative, stating, “President Biden takes pride in his uncle’s military service, who sacrificed his life when the military aircraft he was aboard crashed in the Pacific shortly after departing from New Guinea.” Bates did not address the inaccuracies in Biden’s statements.

Call for War Remnants Clearance

In addition to condemning Biden’s remarks, Prime Minister Marape called on the United States to address the remnants of World War II in the region, including human remains, aircraft wrecks, and explosives.

“The battlegrounds in PNG and Solomon Islands are numerous and strewn with remnants of WWII, including human remains, aircraft wrecks, shipwrecks, tunnels, and explosives,” Marape emphasized. He highlighted the daily threat faced by citizens due to unexploded ordnance from the war.

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