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Britons furious as Joe Biden hits out at UK's past: 'USA isn't squeaky clean!'


The 78-year-old took part in his first televised press conference from inside the White House on Thursday. Mr Biden faced questions on US immigration policy and the surge in people crossing the US-Mexico border in recent months.

The US President showed compassion for those risking their lives for a better future and compared their journeys to that of his great-grandfather, who fled Ireland for the US in the 19th century.

Mr Biden has strong Irish roots and says his ancestors had to leave Ireland “because of what the Brits had been doing”.

His comments on British history have prompted a furious response from a number of Express.co.uk readers, who let their opinions known in the comments section of an earlier story.

Many urged Mr Biden to take another look at history and pointed out the record of the US is far from clean.

One reader wrote: “Worrying a man in Biden’s position comes away with such rubbish, what an insult to all those Americans with an English/British heritage.”

A second added: “He needs to read the history books before making such a sweeping statement. Read up about people living in glass houses as well.”

A third commented: “This guy is a walking disaster. First Russia now having a go at the UK.”

Meanwhile, a fourth said: “As Joe the woke is playing the blame game, let him consider the atrocities perpetrated upon the native Americans, and more recently their activities in Vietnam.”

Another said: “The USA isn’t squeaky clean!”

Mr Biden made his comments as he was challenged on why there has been an increase in the number of migrants crossing the southern border.

US Customs and Border Protection officials apprehended more than 100,000 migrants in February – a 28 percent increase from January.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last week that border crossings are on pace for the highest level in 20 years.

Mr Biden compared the journeys to those of his ancestors in the 1840s.

Millions of people in Ireland were forced to flee the country following the Great Famine.

At the briefing, Mr Biden said: “When my great grandfather got on a coffin ship in the Irish sea, the expectation was he going to live long enough to get to the United States of America.

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The former vice-president embarked on a visit to Ireland in 2016 and penned a heartfelt letter explaining his Finnegan family roots to Co Louth.

Mr Biden wrote: “Over the course of my life, I’ve been a lot of places. I’ve travelled all around the world – more than a million miles on Air Force Two alone.

“I’ve been honoured to have held a lot of titles. But I have always been and will always be the son of Kitty Finnegan.

“The grandson of Geraldine Finnegan from St. Paul’s Parish in Scranton; a proud descendant of the Finnegans of Ireland’s County Louth.

“The great-grandson of a man named Edward Francis Blewitt, whose roots stem from Ballina, a small town in Ireland’s County Mayo – sister city to my hometown in Scranton, Pennsylvania.”


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