The White House took serious heat on social media Thursday for posting an image of President Biden meeting with U.S. troops in Israel without obscuring their identities.
Though the White House account deleted the photo soon after sharing it on Instagram, X users ripped Biden’s team for the dangerous mistake, accusing the administration of “compromising” the troops’ identities while they were in Israel defending U.S. interests in wake of Hamas’ terrorist attack on the U.S. allied country.
Journalist Sam Shoemate shared an edited image of the post X, claiming that the White House shared it without obscuring the faces of what appeared to be special forces on Wednesday night.
He wrote, “The Whitehouse media team shared this picture last night (I added the black boxes) without blurring or censoring the faces of the ‘Delta Force’ (CAG) operator’s faces. They deleted it an hour later after hundreds of thousands had already viewed it. This is a massive failure on the Biden admin.”
The caption on the original White House post stated, “In Israel, President Biden met with first responders to thank them for their bravery and the work they’re doing in response to the Hamas terrorist attacks.”
During a U.S. Department of Defense briefing Thursday, Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder was asked to confirm if the soldiers depicted were in fact U.S. special operators and if there was a policy against taking photos of special forces.
Ryder punted to the White House, stating, “I’d have to refer you to the White House on that. I just don’t have any to provide. Thank you.”
The White House’s statement said “As soon as this was brought to our attention, we immediately deleted the photo. We regret the error and any issues this may have caused.”
U.S. military veteran and author Sean Parnell appeared shocked by the post, writing, “Holy God. Biden doxed Delta. This without question puts a target on them & their families.”
Fox News contributor Sara Carter wrote, “Is the White House really this stupid or are they just trying to get people targeted? This is totally unacceptable…These operators are required to maintain a level of discretion that this administration has completely disregarded. I would know, my husband is a retired operator.”
Pro-Trump influencer account Brick Suit lamented the post, writing, “The absolute incompetence of the Biden administration is once again on display. They doxxed our own special forces that are on the ground in Israel. Shameful.”
Republican U.S. Congressional candidate in Washington Joe Kent slammed the Biden administration, posting, “The Biden Admin operates at the confluence of hubris, malice & incompetence. Nothing says thank you for doing our nation’s most dangerous missions like showing every terrorist in the world the identities of our warriors. Democrats can’t be trusted w/our national security.”
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