President Joe Biden was criticized on Thursday after saying he has “no regrets” about his handling of classified documents and that it “annoys” him to be asked about them.
Biden was in California to survey storm damage across the state. At the end of his remarks at one stop, a reporter called out a question about the classified documents.
“You know what honestly bothers me is we have a serious problem here that we’re talking about. We’re talking about what’s going on,” Biden said, referring to the damage. “And the American people don’t quite understand why you don’t ask me about that.”
When asked if he had any regrets, the president replied: “We found that a handful of documents had been filed in the wrong place. We immediately turned them over to the archives and the Ministry of Justice. We are fully cooperating and look forward to working through this to solve. quickly.”
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He added: “I think you’ll find there’s nothing there. I don’t regret it. I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. It’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s no .”
Biden’s comments drew strong criticism from social media conservatives.
“BIDEN: Mishandled classified documents are not a serious problem,” tweeted Andrew Kerr, an investigative reporter for the Washington Free Beacon.
Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, said, “Knowing it’s a serious problem is why we’re asking questions.”
Matt Whitlock, who works in Republican communications, tweeted: “A new poll today found that 64% of Americans want Biden investigated for mishandling classified documents. And I imagine that number will continue to rise as The White House will continue to resist and continue to respond.”
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“JUST IN: Biden says he has ‘no regrets’ stashing classified documents in his garage at his Delaware home. Biden’s lawyers are currently sweating like bullets,” tweeted Collin Rugg, a US investor.
Steve Guest, an adviser to Senator Ted Cruz, tweeted a 60-minute video from last year in which Biden said of former President Trump for his alleged mishandling of classified documents: “How is that possible? How can someone be so irresponsible? and juxtaposed that with Biden’s statement, “I have no regrets” of his own case.
RedState columnist Buzz Patterson pointed out that other countries could have benefited from Biden’s loose handling of classified information.
“This just came in. China and Ukraine also have ‘no regrets’ about accessing Biden’s documents,” he wrote.
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President Biden is expected to announce whether he is running for re-election in 2024 after delivering the State of the Union address to Congress this year.
UKTN News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.